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“Blue Card” Decision Helps Prospects For Jobs In EU

  • June 3rd, 2009
  • Posted by EUEditor

bxl-incl-fair-013.jpgThe jobs lock-out for “third-country” citizens in the common labour jobs market of the EU looks to be easing for highly-skilled persons at least, with a decision taken at Brussels last month.

The European Council, made up of Ministers from the 27 member governments, determined (25.5.09) to adopt a new law, a Directive, “aimed at facilitating conditions of entry and residence  … of third-country citizens, for the purposes of highly qualified employment.”

This will provide openings in “a number of states of the Union”, by creating a “fast-track procedure for issuing a special residence and work permit called the ‘EU Blue Card’”.

This will give not only access to the labour market but entitle the card holders to a series of “socio-economic rights” and “favourable conditions for family reunification and movement across the European Union.”


Council of the EU, Brussels, “Council adopts the ‘EU Blue Card’ …”, 25.5.09, 10266/09 (Presse 151).

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