CEPS Ideas Lab Session
28 February 2023

The 2015-16 refugee crisis and the recent controversies with the Belarusian, Moroccan and Turkish regimes have translated into far-reaching Commission proposals for reforming the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and the Schengen regime.

These include a revision of the EU Dublin system and the adoption of a crisis framework under the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum; a new inisitiative on the instrumentalisation of migration by third countries; and finally, a new reform of the Schengen Borders Code and the rules for reintroducing internal border controls.

The envisaged Pact’s reform of the responsibility-sharing or relocation components of the EU asylum system is, however, still unresolved. The implementation of arrangements, such as the recent Declaration on a Voluntary Relocation Mechanism that covers people rescued in the Mediterranean are continuing to experience serious practical challenges. This session explores the role of crisis in the scope and features of the proposed reforms of the EU asylum and Schengen acquis, and their impacts on Member States’ discretion, as well as the enforcement of existing EU law standards in these areas.


Lina Vosyliute

Research Fellow, CEPS


Catherine Woolard

Director, European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)

Jonas Grimheden

Fundamental Rights Officer, Frontex

Stephanie Pope

EU Migration Policy Advisor, Oxfam International

Emilio de Capitani

Visiting Professor – Department of Law, Queen Mary University of London

Davide Colombi

Research Assistant, CEPS

Event details

Date: 28.02.2023, Tuesday 

Time: 16:15 – 17:30 (CET)