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Gareth Williams

Company Secretary & Head, Strategy, EUROSTAR, UK

PANEL:  Entry/Exit: Stronger, smarter borders for a changing world

For many years, border security professionals have advocated the need to know exactly who and what is crossing the border. From an immigration perspective, this demands a system and set of capabilities to ‘count people in and count people out’ of a country. In 2016, after its initial proposal in 2013, the European Commission issued a legislative proposal for a package of measures known as ‘Smart Borders’, recommending the creation of a European Entry/Exit System and Registered Traveller Programme. Meanwhile, the USA has indicated its conviction to add an Exit capability to its border management processes.

Against this backdrop, this session adopts a global view and considers the latest policy developments, as well as the challenges and practical realities of establishing identity and improving border control effectiveness by recording the time and place of people crossing borders around the world.


Gareth Williams joined Eurostar in 2011. Within the business, he leads on the development and appraisal of Eurostar’s strategic choices and new business proposals, and is currently responsible for establishing Eurostar’s new route to Amsterdam. Gareth heads up the Legal and Regulatory teams and serves the Eurostar board as Company Secretary advising on issues affecting Eurostar where government legislation or industry regulation is involved. This work includes oversight of the security and immigration policies of the company. Prior to Eurostar, Gareth worked for the UK Government for 20 years in a variety of commercial and policy roles, which included counter-terrorist security planning, as well as conducting a strategic review of UK Border Security.


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