EU: Non-EU workers to benefit from 'single permit'

Source: New Europe Online; 13 December, 2011

A new 'single permit' law passed by the European Parliament on 13 December guarantees third country migrants working legally within the EU common rights similar to those of EU nationals regarding working conditions, pensions, social security and access to public services. The Directive will also enable foreign workers to obtain work and residence permits in the same procedure and member states will have two years to adapt their national laws to the new rules.

The Parliament's rapporteur and French EPP deputy Véronique Mathieu stressed that the single permit directive will allow the EU “to deal to a degree with the shortage of European labour” and facilitate the checks and balances of migratory flows.

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