All found this floating about on the NET. Any thoughts?? URGENT!!.
MODERNISATION OF THE PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS DIRECTIVE
DIRECTIVE AMENDING DIRECTIVE 2005/36/EC ON THE RECOGNITION OF PROFESSIONAL
• The rules defined in Directive 2005/36/EC for the recognition of qualifications are not
adapted to the need of an evolving labour market, where the mobility of professionals
across the EU is essential to respond to labour shortages in key sectors of the economy.
In particular, long and complex recognition procedures do not allow professionals to react
quickly to job opportunities in other Member States.
• Citizens seeking the recognition of their professional qualifications in another EU Member
State experience difficulties in finding hands-on information on what to do to obtain the
recognition of their qualifications. In addition, the limited use of electronic means for
submitting recognition requests makes the recognition procedures more cumbersome for
• The minimum training requirements, agreed between the 1970's and the 1990's for seven
professions1 which benefit from automatic recognition of the qualifications, need to be
updated in order to better reflect the current practice of these professions.
WHY IS THE EU PROPOSING THIS MEASURE?
Rules allowing EU citizens qualified in one Member State to have their professional
qualifications recognised in the other Member States can only be established at EU level.
The proposal aims at facilitating the mobility of professionals across the 27 Member States,
notably by reducing the complexity of recognition procedures.
HOW WILL THE PROPOSAL HELP?
The proposal will facilitate the mobility of professionals by:
• introducing a European professional card for interested professions, which could
simplify the administrative requirements and reduce the deadlines for obtaining the
recognition of qualifications.
• improving access to information and offering citizens the possibility to complete
recognition procedures online through the Points of Single Contact.
• introducing the possibility of partial access to a profession, where the activities covered
by a regulated profession differ from a country to another.
1 doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, veterinarians and architects
• ensuring that the minimum training requirements for doctors, nurses, midwives,
dentists, pharmacists, veterinary surgeons and architects reflect the evolution of these
professions and of education in these fields.
• ensuring a better compliance to the minimum training requirements for the
professions benefiting from automatic recognition.
• facilitating the conditions of temporary mobility in case of professional accompanying
consumers in another Member State.
• ensuring transparency on the scope and justification of the regulated professions
existing in each Member State.
The proposal will also offer stronger guarantees to consumers and patients by:
• introducing an alert mechanism between competent authorities in case of professionals
prohibited from exercising their professional activity
• clarifying the conditions in which competent authorities can check the language skills of the
WHO WILL IT HELP?
• Professionals interested in establishing or providing services on a temporary basis in
another Member State – would benefit from smoother recognition procedures
• Consumers and patients – would benefit from a larger choice of service providers and
• Employers – would be able to recruit more easily and quickly professionals qualified in
other Member States
WHEN WOULD IT COME INTO EFFECT?
?? 2014 ??
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