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Revision of the Blue Card Directive [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Martina Prpic (1st edition),

Businesswoman With Team

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Attracting highly qualified immigrants to Europe has been one of the EU’s key priorities for several years. However, up until now the EU has not been as successful as other OECD countries. This demand for workers is expected to increase due to the increasing shortage of certain skills and the aging of the EU’s population.

The proposed directive, which would replace the 2009 Blue Card Directive, increases the attractiveness of the EU highly skilled migration scheme by expanding its scope, lowering criteria for admission, expanding the rights of beneficiaries, and abolishing parallel national schemes.

Stakeholders and experts agree with some proposed changes, while others have received more criticism (for example, the abolition of national schemes). Both EU advisory committees have issued opinions and some national parliaments have made comments on the proposal. The Council started work on the proposal in July 2016.

Versions

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of highly skilled employment
Committee responsible: Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) COM(2016) 378
7.6.2016
2016/0176(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Rapporteur: Claude Moraes (S&D, UK)
Shadow rapporteurs:

 

Mariya Gabriel (EPP, Bulgaria)

Kazimierz Michał Ujazdowski (ECR, Poland)

Nathalie Griesbeck (ALDE, France)

Barbara Spinelli (GUE/NGL, Italy)

Bodil Valero (Greens/EFA, Sweden)

Laura Ferrara (EFDD, Italy)

Gilles Lebreton (ENF, France)

Next steps expected: Awaiting committee decision

Stage: Committee vote


Comparison of EU Blue Cards (BC) and first permits

Comparison of EU Blue Cards (BC) and first permits

 

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