Recognition of professional qualifications and of Regulation:
- extracts from the report by Bernadette VERGNAUD (S&D, FR)
EP Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EP
End production: 10/10/2012 First transmission: 10/10/2012
Mobility of qualified professionals is low in the European Union. However, there seems to be a major unexploited potential for mobility: according to a 2010 Eurobarometer survey, 28% of EU citizens are considering work abroad. Recognition of professional qualifications is key to making the fundamental Internal Market freedoms work effectively for EU citizens. At the same time, mobility should not come at the expense of consumers, and notably patients who expect adequate language skills from health professionals. In addition, the potential of a more integrated services market remains unexploited in the area of professional services; whilst the Services Directive from 2006 offered new opportunities, the main focus of the Professional Qualifications Directive from 2005 was consolidation of 15 existing Directives into a single instrument.
Modernising the Directive would also respond to the needs of Member States facing
increasing shortages of skilled workforce. Mobility of EU citizens within the single market is an important issue in this regard. Shortages of workforce will not only persist in the future but are projected to increase in particular in the health sector, in the education sector, and also in growth sectors, such as construction or business services.
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||SOUNDBITE (French) Bernadette VERGNAUD (S&D, FR) rapporteur: "First of all, on partial access. I think what we need to do is to clarify the fact that if a Member State make an important principle around limiting access to certain professions for recent mayor interests, this should not be able for those Member States authorities as derogations to the principles just because it seems appropriate to them on a particular case by case basis."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Bernadette VERGNAUD (S&D, FR) rapporteur: "On linguistic verification, I need to repeat what I have said last time, I said that it was not actually necessary to be precise about the conditions or the right to exercise, and not about the qualification recognition."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Bernadette VERGNAUD (S&D, FR) rapporteur: "Any particular Member State there is no need for them to try to move towards upward harmonisation and they may drop back down to a less demanding costly training requirement. But in this time of economic, social and financial crisis I think that is an argument that a number of Member States may whish to claim themselves and in that case I think that would hardly help us with the upgrading of our harmonisation project. "
||SOUNDBITE (French) Bernadette VERGNAUD (S&D, FR) rapporteur: "About the biggest issue of this Directive which is that of nurses. The move to 12 years of the initial schooling requirement for nurses, that is the central issue here. In the course of the last few weeks and days, and even this morning, I have met a number of representatives, particularly from Germany. I certainly perfectly understand the concern, I have though that I have tried to find a solution where there would be a transitional period, but what I know is that that particular solution is not going to be adequate."
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