Migration and Home Affairs

Commission urges EU States to apply law aimed at attracting high qualified migrants and sanctioning employers of irregular migrants

Despite having been warned in July 2011, Austria, Cyprus and Greece have not complied yet with EU rules on work permits for highly qualified migrants. Today, the Commission decided to formally request these States to transpose the rules of the Blue Card Directive, whose deadline for implementation expired on 19 June 2011.

At the same time, some EU States are still failing to apply EU rules on sanctions and measures against employers of irregularly-staying migrants. Today, the Commission decided to advance infringement proceedings and issue reasoned opinions requesting Belgium, Luxembourg and Sweden to take action.

For more information:

  • IP/12/167: 'Blue Card': Commission warns Member States over red tape facing highly qualified migrants
  • IP/12/166: Sanctioning employers of irregular migrants: Commission urges three Member States to act
  • MEMO/12/134: FCommission takes legal action against Member States for not complying with EU law
Monday, 27 February, 2012