Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

Non-EU skilled workers: common rules to ease intra-corporate transfers

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 15 marzo 2014

commissione europeaNon-EU skilled employees working for multinational companies should be easier transferred from a branch outside the EU to a division or subsidiary within the EU, under a draft law backed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday. The new rules would make it easier to move transferred workers between EU Member States and entitle their relatives to work in the host country, too. The new EU directive would introduce a common set of rules to make it easier for companies outside Europe to send key staff to their branches within the EU (so-called “intra-corporate” transfers). It would be addressed to non-EU managers, specialists and trainee employees who live outside the EU and possess knowledge specific to the company. “With this text, Parliament is giving a clear answer to the need to boost legal migration linked to the European labour market needs. This constitutes an opportunity for growth through high-skilled workers’ competences and talents. The intra-European mobility scheme is an innovative tool, not linked to Schengen, laying down clear rules and faster procedures for near 15,000 non-EU nationals that are transferred to the EU every year. Managers, specialists and trainee employees, as well as their family members, will be finally protected under a balanced legislative framework”, said rapporteur Salvatore Iacolino (EPP, IT) after the committee vote.
“Despite this, the European Parliament’s Employment Committee did not support a compromise text which I trust it could be adopted in plenary in April”, he added.EU countries would have to accept or reject a transfer application as soon as possible and, at the latest, within 90 days after the complete application was lodged and they would retain the right to decide on the number of third-country nationals admitted to their territory.Successful applicants would obtain a combined residence and work permit in a Member State. They would also benefit from rights comparable to those of nationals of the host EU country regarding remuneration, freedom of affiliation to a trade union, recognition of diplomas, some branches of social security (unless the laws of the country of origin apply as established by a bilateral agreement with the host Member State) and access to public goods and services, except housing. National governments may decide not to grant family benefits to those employees staying less than 9 months in the EU.Working conditions would be comparable to those of posted workers, the agreed text says.
Under the text resulting from the negotiations, the permit would be valid for a maximum of 3 years in the case of managers and specialists and 1 year for trainee employees.


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