Fabian Demicoli

Proposal for a Directive on conditions of entry and residence of 3rd country nationals for seasonal

The European Commission has drafted a Directive on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of seasonal employment.

The suggested actions include:

  • establishing a simpler entry procedure for the admission of non-EU seasonal workers based on common definitions and criteria, such as the existence of a work contract or a binding job offer that specifies a salary;
  • setting a standard seasonal work time limit throughout the EU (6 months per calendar year);
  • providing a multi-seasonal permit for three years or a facilitated re-entry procedure in subsequent seasons;
  • defining legal provisions applicable to working conditions of seasonal workers;
  • entitling seasonal workers to equal treatment with nationals of the Member States in determined fields (freedom of association and affiliation, social security schemes, income-related acquired statutory pensions, access to goods and services, etc);
  • leaves EU Member States free to apply a labour market test and to decide how many seasonal workers they admit; the proposal does not create a right to admission.

 

It forms part of a comprehensive package of measures, proposed in the Policy Plan on Legal Migration of 2005 and further endorsed by the Stockholm Programme in 2009.

Further details at:

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/10/930&format=HTML&aged=0&language=en&guiLanguage=en

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