Exciting Developments in EU Border Management
NTU International is closely monitoring the dynamic shifts in European border management during the first half of 2023. The European Commission has put forth a series of proposals in response to the evolving global landscape, including challenges stemming from recent geopolitical events. With a commitment to staying abreast of these changes, NTU recognizes the potential positive impact of these developments while remaining conscious of the need to address associated challenges.
One significant aspect of the Commission's proposal is the recognition of unforeseen challenges that have emerged in 2022, such as the aftermath of Russia's aggression against Ukraine and broader macroeconomic shifts. To address these challenges, there are plans to increase funding for "Migration and Border Management" by €1.7 billion, and for projects related to border externalization in third states by almost €9.7 billion under "Neighbourhood and the World." The aim is to effectively manage heightened migratory pressures and border-related issues. NTU acknowledges the need for renewed financing to implement the New Pact on Migration and Asylum, which includes vital aspects like border procedures, reception capacity, and returns.
Europe's border landscape is also witnessing advancements in "techno-borders," comprising an intricate network of surveillance systems, databases, and biometric identification methods. The upcoming legislative changes, including the Eurodac Regulation, Screening Regulation, Schengen Borders Code modifications, and the Artificial Intelligence Act, will bolster Europe's ability to monitor and manage its borders more effectively. As NTU International engages with these developments, we remain committed to understanding the potential implications for both the academic and practical dimensions of border management.
The recent Schengen Council meeting held under the French Presidency in June marked a crucial milestone in enhancing the governance of the Schengen area. NTU International acknowledges the priorities highlighted, including the development of justice and home affairs information systems and more robust monitoring of visa-free travel regimes. Additionally, the commitment to combatting drug trafficking, which poses a significant threat to the internal security of the Schengen area, resonates with our dedication to fostering a safer and more secure global community. As the Schengen Council progresses through the 2023/2024 cycle, NTU looks forward to contributing to the shaping of effective policies to address these challenges and pave the way for a more stable and prosperous future.