The European Commission is proposing to adopt a Directive that will introduce a residence and work permit, the “EU Blue Card”, in an attempt to attract non-EU highly skilled workers and address the issues of its ageing population and skills shortage. Only highly skilled workers with an employment contract, professional qualifications and a salary at least three times the level of the national minimum wage could apply for the permit. After two years of residence in a Member State, the non-EU worker would be allowed to provide his services in another EU State. If the proposal is transposed into a Directive, the EU will be in a better position to compete against the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in attracting overseas talent.