On Wednesday 18th January 2012, a European policy debate was held on the topic of the EU Mobility Partnerships. The policy debate was organised jointly by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Maastricht University, and was held at the premises of the Dutch Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels. The aim of the policy debate was to take stock of the Mobility Partnerships through a debate between policy-makers (both from EU member states as well as from partner states), practitioners and academics. Some 60 participants and speakers were present at the European policy debate. This policy brief by Maastricht University recalls the background of the policy debate and summarises the main conclusions and points of discussion.