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Labour market access
On 25 May 2009, the European Council issued Directive 2009/50/EC, creating a EU Blue Card system, allowing highly skilled non-EU workers to join the European labour market.
The intention of this programme is to attract highly skilled workers to work within the European market.
Candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
The EU Blue Card system went into force on 19 June 2009 and the Member States had until 19 June 2011 to transpose the Blue Card system into national law.
In December 2011, the European Commission introduced standardised administration criteria for EU Blue Card applications and introduced a single procedure for all applicants (see 'Related Measures').
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