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Paid trainees and au-pairs from non-EU countries will soon be better protected by European law, following a vote today in the European Parliament's all-party civil liberties committee.
The Socialists and Democrats supported the proposal for a directive on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, study, pupil exchange, remunerated and unremunerated training, voluntary service and au pairing, because it will improve transparency and prevent exploitation.
S&D vice-president Sylvie Guillaume said:
“We want to promote regulated admission and residence conditions and prevent all forms of exploitation for these groups of non-EU nationals by insisting on the need for formal agreements. We also want to ensure equal treatment for these third-country nationals.
“The aim is to ensure an adequate degree of harmonisation so that the rules are the same in all member states.”
S&D shadow rapporteur on the issue Tanja Fajon said:
“We have to overcome the existing negative approach to immigration and make the EU attractive for skilled workers but also an inviting place for students and trainees seeking to gain new experiences and knowledge in the EU.

"This directive will ease bureaucracy by facilitating and streamlining the application procedures for these groups of non-EU nationals seeking to come to the EU, furthermore it will lower visa fees for those who are often from the most vulnerable and least fortunate groups.

“The EU will allow students from third-countries who come under the directive to work part-time while studying. It will also allow for both students and researchers to remain in the EU after their studies/research for a period of time (harmonised across the EU) to look for work or start a business.”