The Refugee Crisis and the EU-Turkey Deal: Which Role for the EU's Home Affairs Agencies?

19 May 2016 12:00
19 May 2016 14:00

The EU’s home affairs agencies, most notably Frontex, Europol and the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), have moved to the center of the EU’s efforts to deal with the unprecedented rise of migrants entering Europe. They have provided operational support for the EU’s ‘hotspots’ in Greece and Italy and become engaged in the EU’s efforts to dismantle the networks smuggling migrants. These agencies have also a key role in the implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement that aims at ending the irregular migration from Turkey into the EU.

The Policy Forum brings together panelists from the EU’s agencies, the civil society and academia in order to discuss the changing roles of Frontex, Europol and EASO. It will take a look at how the crisis has changed the ways in which these agencies interact and function. It will also discuss the future development of these agencies, notably in view of the reoccurring calls to further enlarge their competences and powers.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Florian Trauner, Research Professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Daphné Bouteillet-Paquet, Senior Legal Officer, European Council on Refugees and Exiles
  • David Reisenzein, Liaison Officer in Brussels, Frontex
  • Michael Häuser, Head of Strategic & External Affairs, Europol

Registration and venue

The policy forum starts at 12:00h and will end at approximately 14:00h. A sandwich lunch will be provided between 12:00h and 12:30h.Participation is free of charge and open to all but due to space limitations, registration is mandatory. If you have registered and cannot attend please send us an email at


Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Rooms Rome & Lisbon
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels


Florian Trauner
Research Professor
Institute for European Studies
+32 485 246 551

Vivian Hua
Visiting Researcher
Institute for European Studies
+32 499 34 18 28

Anamaria Bacsin (Logistics)
IES Events
+32 2 614 80 40
Institute for European Studies