Europe opens borders to professionals

European Commission is to ease the difficulties faced by HR departments when
recruiting specialists and top staff from non-European Union countries.

Union regulators are planning to sweep away the national barriers that tend to hinder
non-EU companies and individuals offering their services across Europe.

the IT business, for instance, the Commission has offered to remove employment
restrictions across the EU for highly-skilled foreign self-employed computer
experts. Under the proposals, these individuals would be allowed to work
temporarily to provide maintenance and repair services for computer systems and

architects and lawyers would also find it easier to work in the EU, among many
other professionals.

Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said: "The offer [will] ensure public
services within the EU are fully safeguarded, and that we keep our ability to
set the rules that service providers will have to respect."

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