Free movement of professionals
Commissioner Barnier welcomes the trilogue agreement on the modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive
The European Parliament and the Council have reached an agreement today on the modernisation of the Directive on professional qualifications. “The modernisation of this directive is an important measure in our strategy to relaunch the European economy. In creating a more efficient system for recognition of professional qualifications, it will contribute to dealing with the labour shortage in Europe and will come to the aid of highly qualified job seekers, in particular the young”. Statement by Commissioner Barnier.
The European Commission has adopted a proposal for modernising the Professional Qualifications Directive which will make it easier for professionals to find skilled jobs across Europe. In particular, the introduction of a European professional card will offer to interested professionals the possibility to benefit from easier and quicker recognition of their qualifications.
"On April 13, the Commission adopted the Single Market Act, which includes 12 levers aimed at laying the foundations for a new, greener, more sustainable and inclusive growth. One of these levers concerns the mobility of EU citizens." Speech by Commissioner Barnier at the Conference on the Professional Qualifications Directive.
The European Commission has launched a consultation to modernise the Professional Qualifications Directive. The Green Paper from the Commission outlines possible ways forward to facilitate mobility of EU professionals across Europe. Stakeholders are invited to respond by 20 September 2011.
Commission launches public consultation on the Professional Qualifications Directive and a European Professional Card
The Commission services have today launched a public consultation on the Professional Qualifications Directive (Directive 2005/36/EC). The consultation is an opportunity for stakeholders to highlight areas of the Directive they feel could be simplified and made more user-friendly. It also seeks views on how to better integrate professionals working in the Single Market, and raises the option of a European Professional Card.
Speech by Commissioner Barnier at the Interparliamentary Dialogue on the evaluation of the professional qualifications directive.
Internal Market: Commission publishes reports on how Professional Qualifications Directive works in practice (IP/10/1367)
Professional qualifications: Commission refers Luxembourg back to Court for failing to comply with common rules (IP/10/817)