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Professions falling under specific legislation

Professions falling under specific legislation

The recognition of professional qualifications for some professions is governed by specific legislation. These professions are:

Sailors and seafarers

Training

People working on ships (not including fishing vessels) have to meet minimum standards applicable throughout the EU. The conditions required for a certificate of competence include minimum age, theoretical knowledge, practical skills and length of service at sea.

Statutory auditors

The main rules governing the profession of statutory auditor for companies in the EU are set out in Directive 2006/43/EC on statutory audits of annual accounts and consolidated accounts.

Important legislation and information:

Insurance intermediaries

Offering your services or establishing yourself in the EU

There is a registration system which is applicable throughout the EU. Insurance intermediaries such as insurance brokers, banks and car dealers who register themselves in one EU country may offer their services or establish themselves in any other EU country.

Important legislation

Some transport operators

Road haulage and road passenger transport operators may establish themselves in another EU country when they submit to the authorities of the host country:

  • an affidavit certifying the absence of a criminal record, not more than three months old;
  • a certificate of professional competence;
  • a certificate of financial standing (in some countries).

Important legislation and information:

Some professions handling toxic products

Some EU countries require specific qualifications for professions handling toxic products. Professionals coming from an EU country that doesn't require such qualifications may still carry out these activities if they provide proof of professional experience.

Which products are covered?

  • pesticides
  • poisonous substances
  • medical products (phytopharmaceuticals and products intended for use as food preservatives)
  • herbicides
  • noxious products for use in industry
  • toxic gases
  • medico-surgical products (such as bactericides, germicides, and disinfectants)
  • cosmetic products and dyes containing poisonous substances.

The list varies from one EU country to another.

Required professional experience

Trade and distribution of toxic products

Self-employed persons or company directors

Qualifications

Pursuit of the professional activity in the country of origin

No qualifications

5 consecutive years

Certificate of aptitude

2 consecutive years

Training attested by a certificate

3 consecutive years

 

Employed persons

Qualifications

Pursuit of the professional activity in the country of origin

Certificate of aptitude

3 consecutive years

Training attested by a certificate

4 consecutive years

Professional use of toxic products

Self-employed persons or company directors

Qualifications

Pursuit of the professional activity in the country of origin

No qualifications

6 consecutive years

Certificate of aptitude

3 consecutive years

Training attested by a certificate

4 consecutive years

 

Employed persons

Qualifications

Pursuit of the professional activity in the country of origin

Certificate of aptitude

4 consecutive years

Training attested by a certificate

5 consecutive years

Important legislation

  • Directive 74/557/EEC on freedom of establishment and to provide services – self-employed persons and intermediaries engaging in trade of toxic products;
  • Directive 74/556/EEC – transitional measures relating to trade in toxic products and professional use of such products.

Lawyers

Temporary mobility

Lawyers established in the EU can offer their services on a temporary basis in any EU country. To do so, they have to keep their home country professional title expressed in the language of their home country (e.g. barrister in the United Kingdom).

Establishment in another EU country

Lawyers already established in one EU country may establish themselves in any other EU country and carry out the same activities on a permanent basis. To do so, they have to keep their home-country professional title.

To establish themselves in another EU country, lawyers must register with the authorities of the host country and provide proof (a certificate) of their registration in their home country.

After three years of regular practice in the host country, lawyers may apply to acquire the professional title of the host country.

Important legislation:

Commercial agents

Commercial agents are self-employed intermediaries authorised to negotiate the sale and purchase of goods for and on behalf of another person. They fall under specific provisions of the Commercial Agents Directive 86/653/EEC.

Public consultation on the Evaluation of the Commercial Agents Directive (86/653/EEC)

To evaluate the functioning of the Commercial Agents Directive, the European Commission launched a public consultation in 2014.

The evaluation report (in English) and its executive summaries (in English, French and German) can be found below:

Important legislation and information:

  • Directive 86/653/EEC on the coordination of the laws of the EU countries relating to self-employed commercial agents;
  • Report COM(1996)364 – Report on the application of Article 17 of Directive 86/653/EEC.
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