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Cultures of Border ControlSchengen and the Evolution of European Frontiers$
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Ruben Zaiotti

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226977867

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226977881.001.0001

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

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

(p.67) Four The Pursuit of New Cultures of Border Control: Schengen and Brussels
Cultures of Border Control
University of Chicago Press

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

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