The Pact will therefore enable the European Union to meet the challenges of the years to come and lays down the basis for the requisite cooperation between Member States in managing migratory flows.
Unveiling of the Pact
The Blue Card Directive
The Council noted that all delegations supported the proposal for a Directive on conditions of entry and residence of third‑country nationals for the purposes of highly qualified employment. By establishing a flexible common fast-track procedure for the admission of third-country nationals the Directive seeks to attract highly qualified immigrants by offering attractive residence and mobility terms to them and their families. This strategy should allow Member States to react speedily and effectively to labour shortages. In contributing in this way to European competitiveness, the Directive is in line with the Lisbon Strategy.
Third-country nationals who satisfy the conditions laid down in the proposed Directive may acquire a Blue Card, allowing them and members of their families to enter, reside in and leave a Member State, to transit through the other Member States and to have access to the labour market in the sector concerned. They will also be eligible for equal treatment with nationals of the Member State concerned in a whole range of areas.
Council press release (pdf)
Broadcast of the Council press conference
Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 29 and 30 September in Luxembourg
Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, 2 October in Luxembourg