The European Union lacks a skilled workforce
Within the EU, vocational training has not kept pace with the demand for skilled workers caused by the technological revolution (software engineers or computer technicians, for example). “The European Blue Card will help support economic growth, meet labor market needs and increase productivity to enable the EU to emerge stronger from this pandemic,” the European Commission said in a press release(new window). She welcomed the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on 17 May. This agreement will be a centerpiece of the new pact on migration and asylum proposed by the Commission in September 2020.
The Commission will also launch partnerships with countries outside the EU to create a network of participating companies and to connect skilled workers, employers, social partners, labor market institutions, and education and training providers.
Strengthening the attractiveness of the European Blue Card
The revised rules relating to the European Blue Card introduced in 2009 allow greater flexibility, improved conditions and simplified mobility. They are called upon to place the EU among the most popular destinations for highly skilled workers.
This green light for legal migration to succeed in the ecological and digital transformation of the EU must facilitate work and mobility. The new rules should strengthen the attractiveness of the European Blue Card:
- they define a more inclusive entry criteria: the art candidates – which will also apply from the EU territory – must present a work contract or a binding job offer for a minimum period of six months (against twelve months now). In some cases (eg in the information and communication technology sector), qualifications may be replaced by relevant professional experience;
- they facilitate mobility within the EU, in particular by reducing the minimum length of stay in the first Member State, by simplifying and accelerating the procedure for exercising mobility and by authorizing the accumulation of stays made under different regimes for acquiring long-term resident status;
- they simplify procedures for employers.