We are first of all opposed to the fact that the draft fails to mention the social partners at all. Migration for the (sole) purpose of gainful employment is however a labour market policy issue that concerns above all the interests of the social partners. In connection with this, the social partners should therefore also be integrated in terms of content, as is advisable from an objective point of view and in keeping with many years of practice in Austria.<br /><p style="" class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-GB" style="">The EU migration policy must be viewed as a whole in future. The EU Commission plans further directives in this area, namely a directive for seasonal workers, a directive for </span><span lang="EN-GB" style="">intra-corporate transferees</span><span lang="EN-GB" style=""> as well as a directive for remunerated trainees. It is also driving forward its plans on circular migration. All these plans, which are to be implemented for the most part in 2008, involve instruments for short-term, temporary migration. We reject implementation of these models as we believe a guest worker programme is involved.</span></p>
In October 2007, the EU Commission submitted a proposal for a so-called “EU Blue Card”, a directive concerning the immigration of highly qualified third-country workers. The migration of highly qualified third-country workers should receive the same framework throughout the EU thanks to this directive.
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