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IES Policy Forum: Controlling the Edges of Europe

vrijdag, 29 mei, 2015 - 12:00 to vrijdag, 29 mei, 2015 - 14:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Karel Van Miert Building (IES)
Conference Room Rome (floor -1)
Institute for European Studies
Pleinlaan 5
IES Policy Forum

The Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel kindly invites you to a Policy Forum on Friday, the 29th of May 2015, 12:00-14:00, entitled "Controlling the edges of Europe. EU external border surveillance: Intersections between the private and the public."

With the abolition of internal borders, the protection of Europe’s external borders has taken a centre-stage. Even more so in the aftermath the attacks of 9/11, Madrid and London. Growing security concerns have led to the increased deployment of border surveillance technologies on the perimeter of the Schengenland (Walters and Haahr, 2005). Much of the border surveillance and security technologies are deployed by the defence and security companies within the ambit of EU-funded research projects – i.e. the EU Security Research Programme (ESRP). Border management, formerly held within the complete purview of national military and security agencies, has been increasingly penetrated by private agencies and corporations resulting in transnational and inter-agency collaborations. Thus, with the abolition of internal European borders and the simultaneous fortification of Europe's external borders, there has been a multiplication of actors involved in border control practices, creating a fertile space for the convergence of public security concerns with private economic interests. It is on this backdrop of foregoing transformations in the EU’s border control practices that this IES Policy Forum seeks to explore risks and opportunities for several groups: state and EU institutions, corporations, the European public and the large numbers of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers who attempt to enter Europe.

The event is centred on the following questions:

  • What are the stakes that define the increasing investments in border control?  
  • What are implications for accountability, with the multiplication of security actors and the intersection of public and private interests?


  • David Cronin - independent journalist and author of the book Corporate Europe
  • Chris Henny - Airbus
  • Hans Graux - Timelex
  • Theodore Braid - postdoctoral researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam)


The policy forum will take place from 12:00 - 14:00 at the premises of the Institute for European Studies. Participation is open to all, but due to space limitation registration is madatory.