To reform the system of recognition of professional qualifications in the EU and simplify the related administrative procedures, the EU adopted the Professional Qualifications Directive (Directive 2005/36/EC). The directive was amended in 2013 by Directive 2013/55/EC.
Directive 2005/36/EC brings:
The Professional Qualifications Directive was modernised in 2013, when the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union adopted Directive 2013/55/EU, amending Directive 2005/36/EC. The transposition period was 2 years and was due by 18 January 2016.
For more information on policy developments on professional qualifications recognition, visit the legislation section.
The Services Package of January 2017 will make it easier for professionals to provide services to a potential EU customer base of 500 million. The EU services sector provides jobs for two-thirds of Europeans. Regulated professions make up 22% of that total. The package included 2 initiatives related to professions:
A committee on the recognition of professional qualifications assists the European Commission when needed in helping implement the directive in EU countries.
The group of coordinators aims to:
Members of the group are appointed by national authorities and the Commission chairs the meetings. For more information and reports from the meetings, see the page of the group.
Professionals who have problems getting their professional experience recognised, may contact the SOLVIT network, national courts and public authorities, or as a last resort, complain to the Commission.
Learn more about infringement cases and ways to assert your rights in the enforcement section.
If you think a particular country’s legislation or administrative practices violate EU law, you can complain in writing to the European Commission.