Edgar Whitley from London School of Economics and Political Science to chair BORDERPOL panel discussion on Schengen

Top Quote Edgar Whitley, Reader in Information Systems in the Information Systems and Innovation Group of the Department of Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science will chair and moderate the highly anticipated panel discussion at the BORDERPOL Conference in London. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 21, 2012 - On Tuesday 16th October at 2pm, the panel discussion - "Schengen area - How effectively is it working" will debate how well revolutionary Schengen agreement is performing in allowing free movement of the citizens of the 26 European member countries and whether it is still able to counter illegal immigration and organised crime, such as narcotics and people trafficking.

    Mr Whitley will moderate a panel of senior industry experts, from practitioners implementing the policies of the Schengen treaty to those advising or developing the policies
    - Major Grzegorz Niemiec, Deputy Director of the Commanding Centre, Polish Border Guards, Poland
    - Prof. Frank Gregory, Emeritus Professor of European Security, Mountbatten Centre for International Studies and former advisor to Home Select Committee, UK
    - Ms. Penny Satches-Brohs, Senior Border Issues Advisor, Conflict Prevention Center from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Austria
    - Hugo Brady, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform, Belgium
    - Representative from Frontex

    After 17 years since its implemenation, what is the future for Schengen in light of the recent economic and political challenges in Europe and can the example of Schengen be applied to other regions in the World?

    The panel of experts have Schengen policies, its challenges and benefits at the heart of their activities and will deliver an interesting and exciting discussion and should not to be missed as part of the first BORDERPOL Conference on 16th and 17th October.

    Tactics and Tools for Effective Border Management
    The first BORDERPOL Annual Conference and Exhibition will bring together top border management policy makers, professionals, and academics to deliberate current social and economic situations and assess their impact on national and international security. They will discuss and propose new ways to implement 21st century technologies that can improve border security and rejuvenate public support for waning global migration management systems.

    The BORDERPOL Conference will focus considerable attention on border management in a world that is experiencing a global financial crisis and its impact on the movement of persons and goods.

    The full conference programme delivers many leading experts and senior border agency personnel presenting some of the challenges and border protection issues, including changing immigration policies and inter-agency cooperation, as well as issues such as the Schengen area and the effects migration from the East is having on the West.

    Conference Topics include:
    - Global Challenge on Policies of Refugee & Migration Movement
    - Panel Discussion - Schengen Area - how effectively is it working?
    - Future technological solutions for promoting safe and secure borders on the frontline and in cyberspace
    - A strategic approach towards reducing public expenditure in border management and how intelligence-based and outsourced projects help assess threats and system vulnerabilities to deliver results
    - Challenges of Border Management and Illegal Immigration in Asia and Downstream Effects in the West
    - Information Sharing and Border Agency Cooperation
    - Europe's Frontiers - problems, challenges, solutions

    A full conference programme and further information can be viewed at www.borderpol-event.org.

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