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Enrico Letta, Paris School of International Affairs Brian Donald, Europol Jennifer Daskal, American University Enrico Letta, Paris School of International Affairs
Ian Borg, Maltese Parliamentary Secretary for EU Presidency Marta Pardavi, Hungarian Helsinki Committee Maciej Duszczyk, University of Warsaw Deirdre Curtin, European University Institute
Valsamis Mitsilegas, Queen Mary University Karolina Babicka, International Commission of Jurists Regina Catrambone, Migrant Offshore Aid Station Sophie Magennis, UNHCR
Jean-Pierre Schembri, European Asylum Support Office Valsamis Mitsilegas, Queen Mary University Maciej Duszczyk, University of Warsaw Mario Marques, European Coast Guard

The European Union is at a crossroads today. In these times of 'crisis', the EU's legitimacy is increasingly questioned.

The 2017 CEPS Ideas Lab – a key annual event on EU policy organised by the Brussels-based think tank – explores how we can reconstruct the Union for the future. When it comes to such core EU challenges as Rights & Security, the central question is how these policies can be designed and implemented with respect for the EU rule of law and fundamental rights. That is the question we want to explore on this page.

The 2017 Ideas Lab, cooperating with openDemocracy, brings debates in these Rights & Security sessions straight to this dedicated page. We cover here some of the main issues and challenges characterising EU internal and external policies on migration, borders, asylum and privacy. The objective is to open up debate.

These key EU policies affect the liberty and security of EU citizens and third country nationals alike, and can only benefit from open and democratic discussion.


Setting the EU scene: a management crisis, not a refugee crisis

The EU can and must show leadership in managing refugee movements effectively in accordance with international law.

Migration crisis in 2017 – challenges for EU solidarity

Changes in the political scene may lead to the reformation of migration policy in EU countries, and that in turn may be another impulse towards weakening the community as a whole.

Tomorrow’s Agency for Asylum

The new EU Agency for Asylum will play a crucial part in the near future in making a robust migration management system for the EU come true.

Transatlantic data transfers and privacy protection: an ongoing battle

A meaningful legal response would be the establishment of global privacy standards – a ‘new universal law on surveillance’. Undoubtedly, EU law and case law could provide a guiding light.

Refugee crisis and Central and Eastern Europe: what solidarity do we need?

There is a disconnect between law and practice whereby the EU is continually reforming the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) but seems incapable of implementing it.

Challenges of the Mediterranean illegal migration crisis

The perspective of those who are at sea, whatever the conditions, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year, to make the maritime environment safer and more secure.

It is time to move beyond the Dublin logic

Dublin IV is built on deterrence… the overriding imperative being to prevent asylum seekers from arriving spontaneously; and block them in the member state of first entry.

Three humanitarian proposals

"The people we rescue are increasingly reporting having been exploited, abused, beaten, kidnapped for ransom or tortured along the journey from their country of origin to the Libyan coast."

Migrant smuggling to the EU – the need for a coordinated response

From national authorities to EU institutions and international organisations, it is imperative that efforts to tackle the threats are coordinated.

Migration policies: effective ways to address smuggling

The European Council should review progress on the overall approach at its meetings in March and in June 2017, on the basis of a report from the Maltese EU Presidency.

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