EU Chair: Open
U.S. Chair: Sunday Rubenstein, EY
Staff Contact: Justine Korwek
In the Information Age, skilled workers are vital to competitiveness. The race is on for world-class talent across national borders. Global companies must move talented individuals between company facilities – worldwide & when needed. Labor mobility is not only a necessary component in the provision of many cross-border services. Mobility and the corresponding ability to utilize the skills and competence of employees deployed outside of their regular country of residence are critical elements of the global talent sourcing practices increasingly common within companies on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Skilled Workforce Working Group’s mission is to promote government action to facilitate the movement of highly skilled labour into the EU and U.S. on a temporary and permanent basis.
- Support policies in the EU and US which would promote the development of a skilled workforce to meet the needs of businesses in both regions.
- Support EU-US collaboration for fast-track intra-company visas.
- Support US immigration reform as it applies to movement between the EU-US.
- Promote workforce/mobility issues in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
- Call for EU policies that facilitate the short term access of business travellers to the Schengen area.
- Call for harmonisation of visas for training schemes between the EU and US (i.e. trainees)
- Facilitate fast-track entry for frequent business travellers (i.e. Global Entry)
- Address youth unemployment, the skills gap and provide recommendations regarding transatlantic cooperation on skills and training schemes.
Instruments (used in Washington and Brussels):
- Position papers and letters
- Events and workshops
- Bilateral meetings with policy makers from the European Parliament, EU Member State Permanent Representations, the European Commission and US administration.
- Collaboration with other interested parties where useful. TABC is open to collaborating with interested organisation and has worked in the past with several partner associations including AmCham EU, BUSINESSEUROPE, CCIA, European Services Forum (ESF), ITIC, Nasscom and TechAmerica on an as needed basis.
Letters, Papers & Submissions:
- TABC Joint Association Letter on the Revision of the Blue Card Directive (June 2017)
- TABC Response: Expert Group on Economic Migration Paper on the Blue Card Directive (May 2015)
- TABC Response: Expert Group on Economic Migration Paper on Labor Migration (May 2015)
- TABC Position Paper on EU Visa Code Reform (February 2015)
- TABC Position on Plenary Vote Regarding Equal Treatment (March 2014)
- Letter on the ICT Directive Urging EP Approval of the Trialogue Text (March 2014)
- Open Letter on the ICT Directive (February 2014)
- Open Letter to European Parliament, Council of the European Union & European Commission on adoption of proposed EU directive on Intra-Corporate Transferees (ICT) (August 2013)
- Letter to Commissioner Malmstrom Calling for the Inclusion of Skills and Labour Mobility Issues in the TTIP (June 2013)
- TABC Trialogue Recommendations on ICT Directive – OVERVIEW (March 2013)
- Position Paper on Negative Consequences of ICT Waiting Periods (February 2013)
- Position Paper on Working Terms and Conditions in the Context of the ICT Directive (January 2013)
- Position Paper on Equal Treatment in the Context of the ICT Directive (January 2013)
- Joint Association Open Letter on ICT Directive Trialogue (October 2012)
- Joint Association Letter on ICT Waiting Periods (May 2012)
- Multi-Association Letter on ICT Directive (June 2011)