2 July 2012
Warsaw Meeting of the Coalition for a Visa-Free Europe
View of the panel. Photo: Stefan Batory Foundation
View of the panel. Photo: Stefan Batory Foundation

On 2 July 2012, Senior Analyst Alexandra Stiglmayer participated in a meeting of the Coalition for a Visa-Free Europe in Warsaw. This coalition, which is run by the Polish Stefan Batory Foundation, brings together over 40 NGOs and think-tanks mainly from the EU's Eastern Partner countries. The objective is to join forces and to contribute together to the abolishment of visa barriers between these countries and the Schengen zone. The coalition decided to open itself to members from Turkey and Kosovo, planned activities and campaigns, and renamed itself from "Coalition for an European Continent Undivided by Visa Barriers" to "Visa-Free Europe Coalition".

Information about ESI's Schengen White List Project for Turkey and the Western Balkans is available at www.whitelistproject.eu.

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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com