The proposed Directive to clarify and simplify the rules on the free movement of qualified people between the Member States received the approval of the European Parliament in February.
The new measures aim to cut red tape by replacing fifteen existing Directives in the field of the recognition of professional qualifications and constitute the first comprehensive modernisation of the EU system since it was conceived over forty years ago.
A number of changes are proposed compared with the existing rules. These include greater liberalisation of the provision of services, more automatic recognition of qualifications, increased flexibility in the procedures for updating the Directive and more cooperation between the Commission and Member States in keeping citizens better informed about their rights. They also aim to give them more help in getting their qualifications recognised.
When implemented, the Directive will ensure that job-seekers and employers get the swifter and simpler system they need for people to get their qualifications from one EU Member State recognised in the others. Enhancing the freedom of movement of qualified persons will mean more opportunities for those people themselves, more choice for those who use their services and wider dissemination of good professional practice.
The proposals, which were presented by the Commission in March 2002, now go to the Council of Ministers (“co-decision procedure”) for review and approval.
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