Cross Out Borders - Schengen at 35 (a conversation about the future of Europe)

Sunday, June 14, 2020 - 18:30 to 19:30

On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of Schengen




Ethnos, We Belong, New Europeans and Europe Future Fringe present

the second in our #CrossOutBorders series:

Schengen at 35 - a conversation about the future of Europe

Click here to link to our Facebook Page for the live-stream


The Schengen Agreement was signed on 14 June 1985 in the town of Schengen, in Luxembourg by five of the ten member states of the then European Economic Community. It created a space in which border controls have largely been abolished.

Today, 26 states are members of Schengen. Although some states outside the EU are part of Schengen (Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, not all EU member states are members. Ireland, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania and Cyrus are not part of Schengen.

With the COVID-19 crisis, national borders were reinstated but the European Commission expects most of these restrictions to end on 15 June.

On the 35th anniversary of Schengen, we therefore ask which are the borders that still need to be taken down?

We remember and celebrate the contribution that free movement has made to forging a European identity but we also ask whether a new "virtual iron curtain" has appeared in Europe?

And as anger and protests grow stronger in Europe following the death of George Floyd in the USA, we ask, what do we need to do to tear down the borders in our minds?







Board Member, New Europeans



Elisha is one of the Vice-Presidents of the Young European Socialists (YES) and former United Nations Youth Delegate,

And did we mention he lives in Schengen?

Secretary General, Union of European Federalists Hungary

And did we mention she has her own radio show?



Chair of Economic Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Groningen

And did you know Dimitirs co-authored A Human Atlas of Europe?




Co-founder, We Belong    





'The Call to Europe'  is a partnership project between Ethnos, New Europeans and We Belong.

About Ethnos 

Ethnos is a TV production company specialized in documentaries, social campaigns  and cultural projects. Its productions were aired by Italian and foreign broadcasters, and received numerous national and international awards. Ethnos produced for RAI Italian Television, for many Non Governmental Organizations, and for UNDP – United Nations Development Programme, filming around the globe. Currently the company is focusing on the educational project ESTO,  which promotes knowledge of the Ventotene Manifesto and the birth of the European Union in schools throughout Europe.

About We Belong

Who belongs to Europe? The question is ancient, but the answer keeps changing. We Belong is a platform and a podcast that gives a voice to the New Daughters of Europe. Through our platform, we share personal experience, sparkle conversations and legitimize immigrant daughters' voices. Our podcast features a series of conversations with young women who are breaking stereotypes, navigating multiple identities, and challenging the conventional wisdom of what it means to belong. 

About New Europeans

New Europeans is an award-winning pan-European civil rights movement working for a Europe of citizens, a Europe of equality and social justice, anchored in human rights. Based in Brussels and London, New Europeans has led campaigns for the rights of the 5 million EU citizens in the UK and Britons in Europe, including the Green Card for Europe campaign, and is currently working with a network of NGOs across Europe to put civil rights and citizen participation at the heart of the proposed conference on the future of Europe. 


This evening's event is part of a series of events linked together through the #EuropeFutureFringe network

About Europe Future Fringe

#EuropeFutureFringe is a free-standing series of events taking place across Europe in parallel with the Future of Europe Conference.Taking its inspiration from the Edinburgh Fringe, the Europe Future Fringe will be a series of freely organised events​ celebrating our European identity, allowing civil society to occupy the "spaces in-between" the formal conference consultations organised by the EU institutions. The Fringe will reach out to third country nationals as well as people resident outside the EU, including in the UK, Ukraine and the Balkans. It will give all who take part the opportunity to engage in a new conversation about Europe’s future.​​


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