In the past months, the Council presidency and European Parliament officers have reached a provisional agreement on a draft directive aimed to modify the Council Directive 2009/50 (Blue Card Directive), establishing more flexible entry conditions for highly qualified non-EU workers coming to live and work in the EU. The new rules aim to harmonize the conditions of entry and residence for such workers, in order to increase the attractiveness of the EU Blue Card.
The new measures adopted will include:
EU member states will be allowed to maintain national schemes aimed at highly qualifies workers in parallel with the EU blue card scheme. However, the new provisions are aimed to ensure a level playing field so that EU blue card holders and their families are not at a disadvantage compared to holders of national permits.
The provisional political agreement is subject to approval by the Council and the European Parliament before going through the formal adoption procedure. Each EU member state will then have a period of time to transpose it in their national law.
For more information: https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2021/05/17/legal-migration-council-presidency-and-european-parliament-reach-provisional-agreement-on-scheme-to-attract-highly-qualified-workers/
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