Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Public Consultation on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive

Public Consultation on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive
Published on: 07/01/2011 Last update: 08/06/2018
Deadline: 15/03/2011

Policy field

Internal market, Professional qualifications

Target group

  • Professionals/consumers having an interest in the question of regulated professions and consumer associations.
  • The regulated professions and the professional associations.
  • Industry and business associations.
  • Ministries and authorities responsible for the various regulated professions such as, in particular, ministries of Economy, Education, Public Health, Agriculture, Tourism, Transport etc.
  • Other interested parties

Period of consultation

From 07.01.2011 to 15.03.2011 (closed)

Objective of the consultation

The public consultation was 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 launched in March 2010 a major evaluation of the Professional Qualifications Directive.

As a first step in the evaluation process, the Commission reached out to competent authorities and national coordinators, who draw “experience reports” giving valuable information on how the rules work in practice. The consultation constituted the second step of the evaluation process. The main objective was to consult stakeholders on three major challenges for the reform of the system of recognition of professional qualifications:

  • simplifying the existing rules to the benefit of individual citizens;
  • integrating professions into the Single Market;
  • injecting more confidence into the system.

View the consultation document

Reference documents

Public Hearing

Moreover, in order to stimulate the public debate, the Commission invited all interested parties to attend a meeting to discuss the issues raised in the context of the evaluation. This meeting was held on 21 February 2011.

Number of responses received to this consultation

More than 370 contributions were received.

See the contributions received

Results of consultation and next steps

The result of this work has been taken into account by the Commission in the preparation of the Green Paper published on 22 June 2011.


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