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The European Council has adopted, on 10 March 2016, 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 process for creating better residence and entry conditions for foreign researchers and students kick started in 2013, with the commission adopting a proposal on the topic that would set consistent and transparent rules across the EU.
Final negotiations proceeded in 2015 towards securing new mobility and job-seeking opportunities in the EU, and to regard students and researches as strategically important resources ensuring sustainable and inclusive growth towards objectives of the Europe 2020 framework.
To advance the European Union in the global competition for talent, the directive now provides harmonised conditions for entry and residence, concretely seeking to improve the situation by:
In May 2016 the European Parliament is expected to vote in approval of the commission’s current position, and a two-year time frame sets the period for member states to adopt the directive into national law, alongside opt-outs for respective states as UK, Ireland and Denmark.