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27 Nov 2015

Council confirms deal with EP on new EU rules for third-country researchers

On 26 November 2015, the Council's Permanent Representatives Committee approved a deal reached with the European Parliament on a draft directive aimed at making the European Union more attractive for students and researchers from third countries. The draft directive's objective is to advance the European Union in the global competition for talent and to promote Europe as a world centre of excellence for studies and training. Highly skilled people form the EU's key asset in strengthening its competitiveness, boosting growth and creating jobs.

"I'm particularly satisfied with this agreement which will offer young talent more legal access to the European Union", said Jean Asselborn, minister for Immigration and Asylum of Luxembourg and President of the Council, adding: "This is an investment in our future."

The draft directive provides harmonised conditions of entry and residence in the EU of researchers, students, trainees and volunteers taking part in the European Voluntary Service from third countries. It also seeks to improve the situation of researchers and students by means of e.g. improved mobility within the EU.

The next steps will be the vote of European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee on 30 November and the confirmation of the agrrement by the Council on 4 December 2015. Formal adoption by both institutions will follow after the revision of the text by lawyer-linguists. The directive then enters into force the day after its publication in the Official Journal of the EU. Counting from the day of entry into force, member states have two years to translate the directive into national law.

Council Press release

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