Visa directive voted in Parliament: attracting and retaining talent within the EU
The Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) voted last week MEP Cecilia WIKSTRÖM (ALDE, SE)’s report on the recast of a directive on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, pupil exchange, remunerated and unremunerated training, voluntary service and au pairing (see draft report and amendments and find soon the report here). Among many improvements, the new version of the directive broadens the target group to other categories such as trainees and au pairs, and gives third-country nationals access to the labour market 18 months after completion of their research or studies (against 12 from the original Commission’s proposal) (see ALDE and S&D press releases). The Committee also voted the mandate to enter negotiations with the Council for MEP Wikström’s team. The Rapporteur estimated that the directive recast would be highly beneficial for growth and prosperity in the EU. See recommendations EUCIS-LLL had made on the directive and links to EFIL-EEE-YFU and European Youth Forum positions.