On Wednesday 18 November 2021, Jorrit Rijpma was part of a panel in a conference organised by ERA, Academy of European Law. The question discussed was how the protection of the EU’s external borders and Schengen could be best achieved.
The discussion focussed on the latest developments and challenges in border management. The most recent proposals and reforms on the functioning and operation of EU border management were analysed, as well as the recent enhancement of Frontex’ role and responsibilities. These questions were discussed in light of the political tensions within the EU in how best to deal with a continuous flow of irregular migrants and the resurrection of internal border checks within the Schengen area.