NEW DATE: The implementation of the Blue Card Directive: what, why and what next?

6 Mar 2014 12:00
6 Mar 2014 14:00



The Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel kindly invites you to a policy forum on 6 March, 12:00-14:00h with:

  • Ilke Adam, Research Professor, Institute for European Studies
  • Martina Belmonte (Chair), University of Milan
  • Lucie Cerna, Analyst in the Directorate for Education and Skills, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Lieven Brouwers, Policy Officer, DG Home, European Commission
  • Christof Roos, Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for European Studies

The Blue Card Directive is the first legal policy instrument aimed at forging a European labour migration policy. Achieved 10 years after the Tampere Council of 1999 called for a common immigration policy, it aims at facilitating the admission of highly qualified workers and their families and making the EU more attractive to such workers. The objective of the directive was to sustain competitiveness and economic growth. As finally agreed, the directive leaves a wide leeway to the Member-states, for example to define the professions concerned, to set the volume of admissions, whether to require a labour market test or linguistic skills, and to limit the possibility that the workers benefit from public allowances.

To date, after delays, all countries, except Denmark, Ireland and the UK that opted out, have enacted the Blue Card Directive in their national legislation. Time has thus come to analyse how they implemented the directive.

This policy forum will assess the path to implementing the directive into the Member States national legislation. Speakers will especially focus on the following issues: have the member states implemented the directive in an open or restrictive fashion, in similar or different ways? How can we evaluate the implementation process? Has the Blue Card contributed in making steps forward in the "race for talents", compared to its international competitors? Or have the differences in implementation undermined the advantages of a common EU high-skilled migration policy?

Registration & Venue

The policy forum starts at 12:00 and will end at approximately 14:00. Participation is free of charge and open to all but due to space limitations, registration is mandatory. Please register here.

Institute for European Studies
Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Room Rome (Floor -1)
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels
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Institute for European Studies
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