EU home affairs

Project manager: Pernilla Bäckman

The treaty stipulates that the European Union shall offer its citizen an area of freedom, security and justice. The policy area is a shared competence between the EU and the Member States and includes issues such as fundamental rights, asylum and migration policy, the fight against organised crime and terrorism, and civil and criminal judicial cooperation. In 2014 the European Council adopted strategic guidelines in this area, which builds on the former so-called Stockholm Programme. The strategy emphasises the importance of implementing and realising existing measures, to intensify cooperation in the area and to strengthen the EU agencies’ role.

Home affairs will continue to be high on the European agenda. In light of recent terrorist attacks and historically large numbers of refugees arriving in Europe, the EU response to the challenges is crucial. The purpose of this project is to analyse the development of EU policies for Home Affairs. Current developments in the area raises a number of questions about the implications for the freedom of movement, existing legal frameworks and the management of external borders. Member States’ difficulty in agreeing on the division of responsibilities for refugees also raises questions about cohesion and solidarity within the Union, which will have consequences not only for Member States' confidence in each other, but also for the EU's capacity to adopt common solutions. During the refugee crisis, meetings at the EU level have succeeded each other and different proposals have been presented. What lies within the European Agenda on Migration and what has been achieved in terms of the EU’s goals for asylum, migration and control of external borders?

To continuously capture developments in this area, which in many ways is a moving target, results may be presented in other forms than usual SIEPS’ format.