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Professionals in the EU can move across borders and practice their occupation or provide services abroad. These webpages provide practical information on EU legislation governing the recognition of professional experience in the EU.

Policy developments

The system of recognition of professional qualifications in the EU is governed by Directive 2005/36/EC, recently amended by Directive 2013/55/EC. The directive provides a modern EU system of recognition of professional experience and promotes automatic recognition of professional experience across the EU.

Latest policy developments

Recognition of professional qualifications in practice

In practice, the recognition of professional qualifications laid down in Directive 2005/36/EC enables the free movement of professionals such as doctors or architects within the EU. Other professions, such as lawyers or sailors, fall under the scope of different legislation.

The recognition of professional experience in practice

Transparency and mutual evaluation of regulated professions

To clarify the status of regulated professions in the EU, the European Commission conducted a transparency and a mutual evaluation exercise.

Transparency and mutual evaluation

Database of regulated professions

The database of regulated professions contains information on regulated professions, statistics on migrating professionals, contact points and national authorities in EU countries, EEA countries and Switzerland.

Economic studies

The Commission contracted several independent economic case studies, conducted at country level, to analyse the effects of reforms of regulatory requirements to access professions. The results of these studies demonstrate that, for the cases analysed, less restrictive regulation can have a positive impact on the labour market.

Four case studies on the economic effects of reforms of regulated professions

Supporting information

Documents

Information on EU websites

Contact points

  • National authorities
  • Assistance centres - these provide information on the recognition of professional qualifications in every EU country and guide professionals through the administrative formalities.

    • BELGIQUE

      FPS Economy, SMEs, Self-employed and Energy
      Direction générale Politique des PME - Service Professions intellectuelles et Législation

      North Gate - 4th floor
      Bd du Roi Albert II, 16
      1000 Bruxelles
      BELGIQUE
    • БЪЛГАРИЯ / BULGARIA

      Directorate "Academic Recognition and Regulated Professions"
      National Center for Information and Documentation /
      Национален център за информация и документация
      Ministry of Education and Science

      52 A, G.M. Dimitrov Blvd.
      1125 София / Sofia
      БЪЛГАРИЯ / BULGARIA
    • ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA

      Ministerstvo školství, mládeže a tělovýchovy odbor pro záležitosti Evropské unie /
      Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Department for EU Affairs

      Karmelitská 7
      118 12 Praha 1
      ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA
    • DANMARK

      Ministry of Higher Education and Science
      Danish Agency for Higher Education

      Bredgade 43
      1260 København K
      DANMARK
    • DEUTSCHLAND

      Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BiBB)
      Robert-Schuman-Platz 3
      53113 Bonn
      DEUTSCHLAND
    • EESTI

      1. Ministry of Education and Research
        Coordinator: Ms Tiia Raudma

        Tel: +372 5649 9163
        Email: tiia.raudma@hm.ee
        Website: www.archimedes.ee/enic
      2. Estonian ENIC/NARIC, Archimedes Foundation
        Contact: Ms Margit Brückel

        Koidula 13a
        10125 Tallinn
        EESTI / ESTONIA
    • ΕΛΛΑΔΑ / GREECE

      Ms Athina Plessa-Papadaki
      Director
      Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs, Directorate for European Union Affairs

      37, Andrea Papandreou Street
      151 80 Αθήνα / Athens
      ΕΛΛΑΔΑ / GREECE
    • HRVATSKA / CROATIA

      Agencija za Znanost i Visoko Obrazovanje
      Agency for Science and Higher Education

      Nacionalni ENIC/NARIC ured
      National ENIC/NARIC office

      Donje Svetice 38/5
      HR-10000 Zagreb
      HRVATSKA / CROATIA
      • Tel: +385 1 6274 888
      • Fax: +385 1 6274 889
      • Email: enic @ azvo.hr
    • ESPAÑA / SPAIN

      Ms Gloria Nistal Rosique
      Subdirección General de Títulos y Reconocimiento de Cualificaciones
      Dirección General de Política Universitaria
      Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte

      Paseo del Prado, 28
      28014 Madrid
      ESPAÑA / SPAIN
    • FRANCE

      Centre ENIC/NARIC France
      Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP)

      1 avenue Léon Journault
      92318 Sevres Cedex
      FRANCE
    • IRELAND / EIRE

      Mr Padraig Hennigan
      Higher Executive Officer
      Qualifications Section
      Department of Education and Skills

      Marlborough Street
      Baile Átha Cliath 2 / Dublin 2
      IRELAND / EIRE
    • ITALIA

      Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri
      Dipartimento Politiche Europee
      Ufficio per la cittadinanza europea, il mercato interno e gli affari generali

      Largo Chigi 19
      00187 ROMA
      ITALIA

      Contact person:

      • Ms Giovanna Corrado
        Tel: + 39 06 67795210, + 39 06 67795322
    • ΚΥΠΡΟΣ / CYPRUS

      Labour Department
      Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance

      9, Klimentos Str.
      CY – 1061 Λευκωσία / Nicosia
      ΚΥΠΡΟΣ / CYPRUS

      Contact person:

    • LATVIJA

      Academic Information Centre

      Postal address:
      Vaļņu iela 2
      Rīga, LV-1050
      LATVIJA
      Office address:
      Dzirnavu iela 16, 3rd floor
      Rīga, LV-1010
      LATVIJA
    • LIETUVA

      The Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania

      Gedimino ave. 38,
      LT-01104 Vilnius
      LITHUANIA

      Contact persons:

    • LUXEMBOURG

      Centre de Documentation et d’Information sur l’Enseignement supérieur (CEDIES)

      209, route d’Esch
      1471 Luxembourg
      LUXEMBOURG

      Contact person:

    • MAGYARORSZÁG

      Mr Gabor Meszaros
      Educational Authority
      Hungarian Equivalence and Information Centre

      Szalay utca 10-14
      H-1055 BUDAPEST
      MAGYARORSZÁG / HUNGARY
    • MALTA

      National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE)

    • NEDERLAND

      NUFFIC
      Postbus 29777
      2502 LT Den Haag
      NEDERLAND

      Contact person:

    • ÖSTERREICH

      Mrs Irene Linke
      Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft
      (Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy)

      Stubenring 1
      1010 Wien
      ÖSTERREICH
    • POLSKA

      Ministry of Science and Higher Education

      ul. Hoża 20
      PL-00-529 Warszawa
    • PORTUGAL

      Ms Carla Romão
      Ministério da Economia e do Emprego
      Instituto do Emprego e da Formação Profissional
      Departamento de Formação Profissional

      Rua de Xabregas, n.º 52
      1949-003 Lisboa
      PORTUGAL
    • ROMÂNIA

      National Centre for Recognition of Diplomas Granted Abroad/
      Centre National pour la Reconnaissance des Diplômes

      Str. Spiru Haret, nr. 12, Sector 1
      010176 Bucureşti
      ROMÂNIA

      Contact persons:

    • SLOVENIJA

      Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

      Kotnikova, 28
      SI-1000 Ljubljana
      SLOVENIJA

      Contact person:

    • SLOVENSKO

      Ministerstvo školstva, vedy, výskumu a športu – Stredisko na uznávanie dokladov o vzdelaní a Odborných kvalifikácií /
      Ministry of education, science, research and sport – Centre of recognition of foreign diplomas and Professional qualifications

      Stromová, 1
      SK - 813 30 Bratislava 1
      SLOVENSKO / SLOVAKIA
    • SUOMI / FINLAND

      Finnish National Board of Education (Opetushallitus)

      PO Box 380
      FI-00531 Helsinki
      SUOMI / FINLAND
    • SVERIGE

      Universitets- och högskolerådet
      The Swedish Council for Higher Education

      Box 45093
      SE-104 30 Stockholm
      SVERIGE
    • UNITED KINGDOM

      ECCTIS Ltd.

      Oriel House
      Oriel Road
      Cheltenham
      Gloucestershire
      GL50 1XP
      UNITED KINGDOM
    • íSLAND

      Hr. Ólafur Grétar Kristjánsson
      Adviser, Department of Education
      Ministry of Education, Science and Culture

      Solvholgsgata 4
      150 Reykjavík
      ÍSLAND
    • LIECHTENSTEIN

      Mr Juerg Dinkelmann
      Schulamt des Fürstentums Liechtenstein
      Department of Education

      Austrasse 79
      9490 Vaduz
      LIECHTENSTEIN
    • NORGE

      Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT)

      Visiting address:

      Drammensveien 288
      Lysaker
      Norway

      Postal address:

      Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT)
      P.O. Box 578
      NO-1327 Lysaker
      Norway

      Contact person:

      • Mr. Stig Arne Skjerven
        Deputy Director General
        Director of the Department of Foreign Education
        Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT), Norwegian ENIC-NARIC
        Email: stig.arne.skjerven@nokut.no
        Phone: +47 21 02 18 64
    • SCHWEIZ / SUISSE / SVIZZERA

      Mr Frédéric Berthoud
      Coordinateur pour la reconnaissance des diplômes
      Secrétariat d’Etat à la formation, à la recherche et à l’innovation (SEFRI)

      Effingerstrasse 27
      3003 Berne
      SUISSE / SCHWEIZ
  • National websites on regulated professions
  • Single Points of Contact- professionals may also consult the single points of contact to carry out all the administrative procedures electronically.
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