Brussels, April 13, IRNA-The European Parliament has given the green light to plans by the European Commission to bring scientists from third countries into the European research area.
The EU needs 700,000 researchers in Europe by the year 2010.
The plan aims to make Europe more attractive to international researchers by offering them a renewable residence permit with some privileges which differ from a normal visa.
Once a scientist is invited by a host research organisation in the EU to conduct a research project for more than three months, he or she would be entitled to obtain in less than 30 days a residence permit for the duration of the research project in the member state in question, without needing to apply for a work permit.
The EP sees mobility as an essential factor in the transfer of knowledge and formation of scientists' networks, so it also passed an amendment its resolution to allow the visa holder to conduct part of his/her research work in another EU Member State.
The resolution was passed during the EP session in Strasbourg Tuesday evening, an EP spokesperson told IRNA Wednesday.
The proposal will now go before the EU Council of Ministers for approval.
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