EP Civil Liberties Committee pleads to make the EU more attractive to foreign students and researchers
MEPs of the EP Civil Liberties Committee proposed today that researchers and students should be able to stay in the EU one and a half extra years to set up a firm or search for a job. MEPs propose to extend this right to volunteers as a general rule. Volunteers and trainees on EU programmes should also be able to move among EU countries as it is the case for researchers and students.
According to MEPs, the draft amended rules would allow the EU to offer better working and living conditions for non-EU students, researchers, trainees, volunteers, school pupils and au pairs, thereby boosting member states’ competitiveness.
MEPs also proposed a 30-day deadline (compared to the 60 days proposed by the Commission) for member states to accept or refuse applications. They also added a 30-day deadline for deciding on an appeal against a refusal.
The Committee vote gave MEP Wikström a mandate to start talks with the Council as soon as EU countries agree on their own negotiating position.
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