The negotiations between the European Parliament and Council have started in September 2017 but are blocked.
Among the major blocking issues: the scope, the harmonisation of the EU Blue Card scheme on the EU level, the recognition of professional experience, the minimum wage threshold, the long-term mobility, the labour market test and the eligibility for the long-term resident status.
Other blocking issues such as: equal treatment, permitted period of unemployment, procedural deadlines and recognised employers’ schemes, are pending a compromise.
On 3 May (ERA, Annual Conference on EU Migration Law), Shane Murphy, Policy Adviser for the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament, has brought an overview of the EU Parliament position:
|POLITICAL ISSUE||EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT POSITION||COUNCIL POSITION||COMPROMISE
|Harmonisation- EU Blue Card vs National Parallel Schemes||EU Blue Card sole option for TCN entering the EU for the purposes of highly-skilled employment||National parallel schemes must be allowed||Complementarity between EU Blue Card and national schemes|
|Scope||To include applicants for international protection who already have access to the labour market||Reluctant to accept||?|
|Professional skills||To consider professional experience in lieu of academic qualification||Recognition of professional experience must remain optional||?|
|Salary threshold||To maintain mandatory thresholds with a specific derogation||To impose a much higher threshold in certain circumstances||?|
|Mobility provisions||To facilitate long-term mobility to another MS through a notification procedure||Long term mobility submitted to a new application in the second MS||?|
|Labour market tests||Only where high unemployment in a given occupation or sector and however remove LMT for family members||To permit MS to carry out LMT on all applicants||?|
|Long-term residents||EU Blue Card holders eligible for the long-term resident status after 3 years of continuous residence.||To leave optional the (only) 3 years period||?|