Joaquín Nogueroles Garcia
Press officer (Home Affairs; Counter-terrorism coordination)
On 10 March 2016, the Council adopted its position at first reading 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.
"Talented students and researchers are indispensable for the European knowledge economy. The directive helps us to attract talented people from countries outside the European Union." said Klaas Dijkhoff, Minister for Migration of the Netherlands.
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 the following means:
The European Parliament is expected to vote in second reading at the May plenary session, thus approving the Council's position at first reading without amendments and ending the legislative process.
Afterwards, the legal texts will be published in the Official Journal of the EU. The directive then enters into force the day after its publication. Member states will then have two years to translate the directive into national law.