you're reading...
Institutional and Legal Affairs, PUBLICATIONS

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

Written by Martina Prpic (2nd edition),

Businesswoman With Team

© mangostar_studio / Fotolia

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). The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs has adopted its report, and voted to open interinstitutional negotiations. The Council has also agreed its mandate and trilogue meetings started in September 2017.

Interactive PDF

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 of 7.6.2016


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

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


Frank Engel (EPP, Luxembourg)

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: Continuing trilogue discussions

Comparison of EU Blue Cards (BC) and first permits

Comparison of EU Blue Cards (BC) and first permits



No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Download the EPRS App

EPRS App on Google Play
EPRS App on App Store
What Europe Does For You
EU Legislation in Progress
Topical Digests
EPRS Podcasts

Visit the European Parliament page on

Follow Blog via Email

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 3,539 other subscribers

RSS Link to Members’ Research Service

Disclaimer and Copyright statement

The content of all documents (and articles) contained in this blog is the sole responsibility of the author and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Parliament. It is addressed to the Members and staff of the EP for their parliamentary work. Reproduction and translation for non-commercial purposes are authorised, provided the source is acknowledged and the European Parliament is given prior notice and sent a copy.

For a comprehensive description of our cookie and data protection policies, please visit Terms and Conditions page.

Copyright © European Union, 2014-2019. All rights reserved.

%d bloggers like this: