The Appeal to Tampere's Politics of Consciousness for The EU's AFSJ

AuthorDora Kostakopoulou
ProfessionMember of the Scientific Committee of the Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU and Professor of European Union Law, European Integration and Public Policy at Warwick University, UK
Dora Kostakopoulou
1. Introduction
We stand at a privileged position between the past and future on
the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Tampere Programme..
is position enables us to assess the progress of the EU’s Area of
Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ) since the Tampere European
Council (15 and 16 October 1999), which adopted the Tampere
Programme, the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty ten years
later (1 December 2009) and the Stockholm Programme (2010)
while, at the same time, looking forward in the light of the 2030
Global Agenda on Sustainable Development.
e Global Agenda has devised important priorities and tar-
gets with a view to ‘stimulating action over the next een years in
areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet’. Among
them is Goal 16 which sets out the aim of creating peaceful and
inclusive societies. is includes the provision of access to jus-
tice for everyone and the development of ‘eective, accountable
and inclusive institutions at all levels’.1 Demonstrating exceptional
insight and political leadership, the Tampere Presidency Conclu-
1 UN General A ssembly, Transforming Our World: the 203 0 Agenda for Sustainable
Development, 21 October 2015, A/ RES/70/1.
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