THE BUSINESS OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE
With a month to go until the end of the EU-UK transition period, the UK Government has issued updates to its guidance for business travel to European countries.
The updates, which took place on November 30, detail a range of business travel and employment regulations for European nations including EU member states France, Finland, Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Romania, Portugal, Poland, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Croatia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Malta, Lithuanua, Latvia, Italy, Hungary and Ireland; EEA members Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland; and Single Market member Switzerland.
The updates cover a variety of subjects including the recognition of professional qualifications, social security payments for employees, and in some cases, business travel and entry requirments.
From today, December 1, visa applications have also opened for the UK's new points based immigration system, which launches in January 2021. The new system requires businesses that want to hire employees from EU nations to become 'sponsors', but is also aimed at making it easier for work visas to be issued. Responding to the opening of applications, Head of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, Jane Gratton, said that "While a faster and simpler route for accessing skilled workers from outside the UK is helpful for employers, the new immigration system brings additional costs, restrictions and bureaucracy for businesses who are unable to recruit from their local labour market. Government must do all it can to reduce the cumulative cost burden of employment that weighs down on firms’ ability to invest. It is also vital that the skills system delivers for businesses on the ground, enabling employers to upskill and reskill the adult workforce quickly and flexibly for the challenges that lie ahead."
For updates on the UK's guidance for trade with Europe after the transition period, go to www.gov.uk/transition. For more information on the UK's new points based immigration system, go to www.gov.uk.
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