EC Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements: A New Standard EU Foreign Policy Tool?

EC Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements: A New Standard EU Foreign Policy Tool? © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157181608X376872 European Journal of Migration and Law 10 (2008) 411–438 www.brill.nl/emil EC Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements: A New Standard EU Foreign Policy Tool? Florian Trauner * Researcher, Institute for European Integration Research, Austrian Academy of Scences, Vienna Imke Kruse * Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin Abstract Th is article off ers an analysis of the objective, substance and political implications of EC visa facilitation and readmission agreements. Th ese agreements have gained increasing importance in EU foreign policy making because the EU has started to view visa facilitation regimes not only as a necessary incentive for the signing of a readmission agreement, but also as a means for mitigating the negative side-eff ects of the Eastern Enlargement. In off ering more relaxed travel conditions in exchange for endorsement of an EC readmission agreement and reforms in domestic justice and home aff airs, the EU found a new way to pressure for reforms in neighbouring countries while meeting a major source of discontent in these coun- tries. Th e analysis considers the broader implications of these agreements and argues that even if the facilitated travel opportunities are benefi http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Migration and Law Brill

EC Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements: A New Standard EU Foreign Policy Tool?

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Brill
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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1388-364X
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1571-8166
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10.1163/157181608X376872
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157181608X376872 European Journal of Migration and Law 10 (2008) 411–438 www.brill.nl/emil EC Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements: A New Standard EU Foreign Policy Tool? Florian Trauner * Researcher, Institute for European Integration Research, Austrian Academy of Scences, Vienna Imke Kruse * Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin Abstract Th is article off ers an analysis of the objective, substance and political implications of EC visa facilitation and readmission agreements. Th ese agreements have gained increasing importance in EU foreign policy making because the EU has started to view visa facilitation regimes not only as a necessary incentive for the signing of a readmission agreement, but also as a means for mitigating the negative side-eff ects of the Eastern Enlargement. In off ering more relaxed travel conditions in exchange for endorsement of an EC readmission agreement and reforms in domestic justice and home aff airs, the EU found a new way to pressure for reforms in neighbouring countries while meeting a major source of discontent in these coun- tries. Th e analysis considers the broader implications of these agreements and argues that even if the facilitated travel opportunities are benefi

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European Journal of Migration and LawBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: STABILISATION AND ASSOCIATION PROCESS; EUROPEAN NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICY; EC VISA FACILITATION AND READMISSION AGREEMENTS; EU; JUSTICE AND HOME AFFAIRS

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