Russia can loose its highly-qualified workers. Engineers, doctors, researchers will be more free to choose the employer-country. Due to blue card Europe opens its job market and Russia expects a new wave of “brain drain”.
As part of efforts to fulfill Europe's need for highly-qualified workers, Brussels is set to issue an EU-wide work permit allowing employment to non Europeans, in any country within the 27-nation bloc, EU home affairs commissioner Franco Frattini said.
Mr Frattini hopes it will make Europe a more attractive work destination than the US, Canada or Australia and cut down on the severe labour shortages facing the bloc due to its aging population and declining birth rates.
The idea of an EU work permit – dubbed the ‘blue card' after the colour of the European Union flag – is to be formally tabled in September.