The Pursuit of New Cultures of Border Control: Schengen and Brussels

in Cultures of Border Control

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780226977867
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226977881 | DOI:
The Pursuit of New Cultures of Border Control: Schengen and Brussels

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This chapter introduces some background information on the intergovernmental and EC initiatives. Then, it turns to the leading assumptions underlying the Schengen and Brussels cultures of border control. The Schengen Agreement was more of a working program than a detailed plan of action. Together with the 1985 agreement, the Schengen Implementation Convention became the cornerstone of a new approach to border control. The Schengen conventions redefined the traditional meaning of borders. They specifically redefined the meaning of European borders and their functions. They established who should be in charge of European borders. When the Brussels initiative was launched, the main focus was on the relations among existing members over matters of border control. The Schengen and Brussels initiatives developed in parallel. Although both shared the same goal of abolishing Europe's internal frontiers, in their early stages they did not directly clash with each other.

Keywords: border control; Schengen Agreement; Schengen Implementation Convention; Brussels; European borders; internal frontiers

Chapter.  10001 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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