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March 8, 2024

Romania announces new regulations governing Blue Cards and other work permits

Effective 8 March 2024, Romania will implement major changes to its regulations governing EU Blue Cards and employment permits for certain highly qualified workers, among others. On 20 October 2021, the European Parliament proposed the EU Blue Card Directive 2021/1883, which would replace the older Directive 2009/50. Key updates in the new Directive include decreased salary thresholds; relaxed contractual and qualification criteria, with relevant experience replacing the requirement for higher educational certificates; and allowing Blue Card holders to perform business activities in other EU Member States for up to 90 days in a 180-day period without obtaining a work permit.

A Tax Alert prepared by EY's People Advisory Services group, and attached below, provides additional details.

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