Gerald Knaus was invited to give the keynote speech for the Intercultural Week 2021 in Meißen, where he explained the historical importance of the Geneva Refugee Convention and emphasised its relevance for the present.
ESI’s Kristof Bender participated in a workshop in Budapest where he outlined how a coalition of EU member states could establish a system allowing to control the EU's external borders in a humane way, without systematic pushbacks and violence.
Gerald Knaus was invited to participate in a panel discussion on “Migration – how are Germany and the EU positioning themselves?” organised by Der Demografiekongress, where he spoke about the European debate on migration.
Gerald Knaus was invited to give the keynote speech at a panel discussion on the question “Does the EU need migration or does it even have a choice?”, where he outlined ESI’s proposal for a new, humane approach on borders, asylum, and the dangers of pushbacks at the EU’s borders and the need for more resettlement initiatives.
ESI’s Gerald Knaus was invited to participate in a panel discussion on Smart Sovereignty: More Capacity to act for German Foreign Policy, where he outlined the stance the new German government should take in the European migration debate
Gerald Knaus was invited to participate in an online conference on “Visa Regimes No More: Time To Put People First”, where he showed how visa regimes have been harming businesses, breaking family ties, and preventing the freedom of movement within the Western Balkans.
ESI’s Gerald Knaus was invited to participate on an online discussion on "EU integration of the Western Balkans: how to revive a stalling process?", where he proposed to strengthen the transformative character of EU enlargement by turning it into a two-step process during which the region would be integrated into the European Single Market before gaining full membership.
ESI’s Kristof Bender participated in an informal discussion organised in the Austrian Federal Chancellery by Europe Minister Karoline Edtstadler about the current situation in Afghanistan and how establish a system that allows to control the EU’s external borders in a humane way.
Gerald Knaus was invited to a workshop on the " Future of human rights policy in Austria and Europe, where he spoke about the evacuation of Afghans after the fall of Kabul and the situation at Afghanistan’s borders and outlined his take on the European debate on migration.