Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier said "Updating the Professional Qualifications Directive is one of the priorities of the Single Market Act and will help make the European economy more competitive while encouraging growth and job creation. We need to make it easier for professionals to go to where job vacancies exist.
He added: "We will consider a number of important issues during this process including the creation of a professional card for interested professions and improving the training requirements for certain professions."
Interested parties should submit their comments by 20 September 2011.
The Commission will organise a high level conference on 7 November 2011. A legislative proposal is tentatively scheduled for December 2011.