Recognition of Professional Qualifications
Lieu: Belgium, Germany, U.K., Spain, Poland, Estonia, France
End production: 10/10/2012 First transmission: 10/10/2012
Making it easier for professionals to work abroad while ensuring clients' safety
To make it easier for doctors, dentists, architects and other professionals to work abroad within the EU and thus add flexibility to the labour market, EU member states need to recognise their qualifications faster, but without compromising the reliability and safety of their work for clients.
An estimated 16 million more people will be needed to fill high-skilled jobs in the EU by 2020. Yet the current system for recognising of professional qualifications earned in another member state is cumbersome and time consuming. Most complaints by EU citizens to the "Solvit" assistance centres are about problems in securing recognition of their qualifications so that they can work in another EU country.
This autumn, Internal Market Committee MEPs will debate and vote a common position on a European Commission proposal to revise EU legislation on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications. Parliament's rapporteur Bernadette Vergnaud (S&D, FR), presented her draft report on 18 September, the deadline for tabling amendments is 15 October and MEPs will vote the committee's position on 28 November.
To simplify and speed up procedures for recognising professional skills, MEPs will repeat their call to introduce a "professional passport" linked to an electronic exchange system connecting public authorities across the EU, known as the Internal Market Information System. This system, which already exists, allows the smooth exchange of information among competent authorities. The revised legislation would include in this system a mechanism to alert the authorities whenever someone is disbarred from a profession in an EU country.
Other topics to be debated include training requirements for professions such as nurses, midwifes, pharmacists and architects, including language skill tests necessary to ensure patient safety.
Improving mobility for professionals is one of the 12 Single Market Act priorities to improve the functioning of the single market.
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||Example of a voluntary Professional Card that shall be used to simplify the mutual recognition of professional qualifications (2 shots), source: http://www.crazyengineers.com/engineering-card-for-engineering-professionals-1411/
||website of the Internal Market Information System (IMI), electronic exchange system that is used for exchange of information concerning applications for jobs among competent authorities, source:
http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/imi-net/index_en.html (3 shots)
||Service Publique Fédéral (Belgium), Santé publique, sécurité de la chaîne alimentaire et envirennement,
Procedure of recognition of a German degree in medicine;
until now, there are some professions that are recognized automatically, among which: Doctors, nurses, architects. The amandement of the European Parliament to the alreadry existing directive of the recognition of professional qualifications (DIRECTIVE 2005/36/EC) aims at the automatic recognition of other professions as well (9 shots)
||different professions: doctors: lung transplantation operation (general shots), Madrid, Spain, Hospital of Getafe (5 shots)
||architect (3 shots)
||street works in London (2 shots)
||nurse (2 shots), Residence for elderly people in Antwerp, Belgium
|| Public employment office in Madrid, Exterior views, general views of the office, people waiting to be helped, (7 shots)
||European Affairs Jobsite, website for European work-seekers, source:
http://www.eurobrussels.com/job_search.php (1 shot)
||Exterior views of the University of Warsaw, Poland,
International Students gathering at the lobby,
University Tartu, Estonia: Lecture on European Studies attended by Estonian and Erasmus students
50% of young people are willing or keen to work abroad (Eurobarometer)
||Berlitz language school, Brussels, Belgium, language training in English (5 shots)
||SNCF France (1 shot), mobility aspect
||Illustration of single market aspect: Innogenetics Gent, Belgium (2 shots)
||Illustration of single market aspect: London metal exchange (2 shots)
||Illustration of single market aspect: Frankfurt, German, European Central Bank (1 shot)