The EU wants to make it easier for researchers from third countries to work in Europe as part of its efforts to boost European research and attract more scientists.
In March 2004, the Commission presented a legislative packaged
designed to make it easier for third country nationals to conduct
research in the EU. The Commission initiative is made up of three
Directive for admitting third-country nationals
into the EU for scientific research purposes: the aim is to
facilitate the admission and mobility of researchers by delegating
the issuance of residence permits to an authorised research
Recommendation calling on the Member States to
adopt a number of practical measures without delay in advance of
the transposal of the Directive:
- exemptions or fast-track procedures for work permits,
- abolition of maximal quotas for third-country nationals,
- the issuance of residence permits and the facilitation of
Recommendation dealing with the more specific
questions of short-term visas for researchers to attend conferences
or seminars in the EU.
The Justice and Home Affairs Council on 8 June 2004 reached a
general approach on the first draft Recommendation.