Migration and Home Affairs

Proposal for intra-corporate temporary transfer of non-EU skilled workers

The European Commission proposes a new directive with the aim of facilitating for multinational companies to temporarily transfer third-country national skilled workers from a company located outside the EU to branches or subsidiaries in EU Member States.

Intra-corporate transferees are a highly relevant category of workers for the EU economy: they are typically specialists and managers, possessing sought-after knowledge specific to the company, for whom no substitute could be found. The transfer of these qualified employees to the EU has the potential to increase investment flows, strengthen management effectiveness, expand EU exports, and enhance the competitiveness of EU entities in overseas markets as well as the competitiveness of the Union as a whole, which could help to achieve the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

However, barriers to such temporary migrations remain. Companies outside the EU are faced with a multitude of different rules and procedures when they want to send key staff to their subsidiaries within the different EU Member States. In addition, procedures for getting work permits in some EU countries are slow and complex and intra-corporate transferees face difficulties in moving between Member States.

The Commission proposes to create a common set of rules for a new fast-track entry procedure for a targeted group of highly specialised staff from non-EU countries.

EU Member States would remain competent to decide on numbers of transferees and provisions are foreseen to ensure the temporary feature of the migrations.

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Tuesday, 13 July, 2010