EU to revise conditions of entry and residence of highly skilled labour migrants
On July 26, the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Council of the EU agreed on a draft directive concerning the conditions of entry and residence for highly skilled workers arriving in the EU from third countries (the Blue Card Directive). Based on this decision, the EU Council presidency will begin negotiations with the European Parliament.
The reform of the Blue Card Directive is aimed at increasing the attractiveness of the EU for highly skilled workers from third countries. It is also expected that this will also help to improve the mobility of hired workers between jobs in different Member States.
The European Commission submitted a proposal for the adoption of the updated Directive in June 2016 as part of the EU's efforts to implement an integrated migration policy, including the sphere of legal migration.