Belgium faces European Court of Justice over lack of EU single permit
Pursuant to an EU directive requiring member states to combine work and residence authorizations for non-EU nationals into one “single permit,” Belgium was recently referred to the European Court of Justice by the European Commission for its continued failure to implement the directive. First handed down by Parliament in 2011, the Directive’s official deadline was 25 December 25 2013. Although many EU member states did not meet the original deadline, Belgium remains the only EU country to not have offered a single permit by this time.
In light of the nation’s failure to comply with the directive, Belgium is now legally susceptible to monetary sanctioning of up to EUR 52,000 per day at the discretion of the EU’s highest court. With the matter now pending before the court, global employers can anticipate that compliance is certainly on the horizon as it relates to immigration processing in Belgium in the months to come. Pro-Link GLOBAL continues to monitor the situation closely.
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