Consultation: Modernising the Professional Qualifications Directive

Policy field
Internal market, Professional qualifications

Target group
Contributions are particularly sought from citizens, professional organisations, national governments and national competent authorities.

Period of consultation
From 22.06. to 20.09.2011 (closed)

Objective of the consultation

The Green Paper aimed at gathering stakeholders’ views on a modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive (Directive 2005/36/EC).

This Directive, adopted in 2005, sets the rules for mutual recognition of professional qualifications between Member States. Beyond a few innovations, it mainly consolidated and simplified 15 previous Directives, some of which dated back to the 1960s.

The reform of the system of recognition of professional qualifications as a means to facilitate mobility is one of the priority actions proposed by the Commission in the Single Market Act. With the view to preparing this reform, the Commission wishes to consult stakeholders on

  • new approaches to mobility
  • ways to build on achievements
  • and on the modernisation of the automatic recognition

View the consultation document

Public Conference on the Modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive

In order to give feedback about the reactions to the Green paper, the Commission organises a public Conference on the Modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive on the 7th November 2011. All interested parties are invited to attend.

Reference documents

Contact details
Responsible services: European Commission - Internal Market Directorate General, Unit E-4
E-mail: MARKT-PQ-EVALUATION@ec.europa.eu
Postal address: Rue de Spa 2
1049 Brussels

Number of responses received to this consultation
  • More than 400 contributions were received

See the contributions received to the Green Paper

Results of consultation and next steps
The result of this work will be taken into account by the Commission in the preparation of the legislative proposal on the modernisation of the Directive by the end 2011.

Last update: 30.01.2012