ANNOUNCEMENT 25 May 2009

In May 2009, the European Commission announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 0 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising

SOURCE



European Council. (2009). Council Regulation No. 2009/50/EC. Available at http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32009L0050&from=EN
European Union. (2009). Entry and residence of highly qualified workers (EU Blue Card). Available at http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/internal_market/living_and_working_in_the_internal_market/l14573_en.htm
Agnes T?tt?s. (2014). The Past, the Present and the Future of the Seasonal Workers Directive. Available at http://ceere.eu/pjiel/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/PJIEL_2014_I.48-63.pdf


Inception date: 19 Jun 2009 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

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:

  • Working contract (annual salary at least 1.5 times over average gross annual salary in the respective Member State).
  • Valid travel documents.
  • Proof of health insurance.
  • In case of a regulated professions, documents verifying the national legal requirements for this profession.

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.

Update:
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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