Is it a great chance for highly skilled workers from third countries to work in the EU?
But is the current EU BLUE CARD that attractive? Will highly skilled workers from third countries join the EU to strengthen the EU’s competitiveness?
The EU’s current Blue CARD for immigration of highly skilled workers is not well-equipped for these challenges. There are too many parallel – national Member states’ rules and different condition and procedures across the EU. The BLUE CARD was launched “as an EU flagship initiative” in 2009. Between 2012 and 2014 have been issued only 30.000 BLUE CARDs only EU wide. This is the main reason for the European Commission to revise the Directive.
EU Commission will recast the BLUE CARD. The proposal for the new BLUE CARD shall attract more highly skilled worker.
Which are the main proposed changes?
- Harmonization, simplification and efficiency
- More inclusive and flexible admission conditions
- Enhanced Intra-EU mobility
- Faster and more flexible procedures
- Improved rights
For the EU faces significant labor and skill shortages in certain sectors, it will be important to attract these highly skilled workers from third countries to enhance the competitiveness of its economy.