Consolidating the New Culture of Border Control: Schengen in the European Union

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:
Consolidating the New Culture of Border Control: Schengen in the European Union

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This chapter explores the consolidation of Schengen culture by looking at the main events that followed Schengen's communitarization and at selected policy initiatives elaborated. Also, it analyzes how the consolidation of Schengen has involved the border control community. Schengen was able to consolidate its dominant position in the border control domain. The advances introduced by the Amsterdam Treaty had strengthened the European Union (EU)'s role as an active player on the international stage. The European Neighbourhood Policy appeared to be a promising development in the EU's foreign policy. The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) can be considered the latest “victim” of the Schengen culture's spread into new areas of EU policy. The “comprehensive” response to the terrorism adopted by EU governments and institutions has contributed to the further blurring of the distinction between internal and external security and to the deemphasis of the significance of national borders to guarantee Europe's security.

Keywords: border control community; Schengen culture; communitarization; Amsterdam Treaty; European Union; European Neighbourhood Policy; foreign policy; national borders; security

Chapter.  13946 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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