Extracts from the statement by Michel Barnier on the modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive
Type: Speech - summary
End production: 22/06/2011 First transmission: 22/06/2011
On 22 June 2011, at a press conference in Brussels, Michel Barnier, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services, presented a European Commission proposal to modernise the so-called Professional Qualifications Directive.
The primary aim of this is to facilitate mobility of EU citizens for professional purposes. It is one of the twelve levers for growth proposed in the Commission’s Single Market Act.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Michel Barnier, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services, at the press conference
||SOUNDBITE by Michel Barnier (in FRENCH) saying that the Directive on professional qualifications dates back to 2005. It covers 4700 regulates professions in Europe that are brought together in 800 general professions or groups. The idea is that we want to facilitate movement exchanges for these professionals so that people can set up business in other Member States in a properly regulated fashion and so that it is easier for people to move from one Member States to another. In the 2005 Directive, various professions were given an automatic recognition. Doctors, vets, dentists, architects and many other professions were given mutual recognition. Since 2005 various things have happened and so this Directive needs to be adapted to new realities.
||Cutaways of the audience (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE by Michel Barnier (in FRENCH) saying that texts need to be adapted to reflect the situation in 2011. Legislators need to take account of internet and make better use of it so to facilitate the life of these professionals. The second change is the employment situation. Europe is going to see a shrinking active population over the next 40 years and at the same time there is going to be an increase in jobs demand. Mobility has to be facilitated so that those countries in Europe which have a high employment rate can actually bring in European professionals from other Member States where there might be fewer jobs opportunities.
||General view of the press conference