Internal market, Professional qualifications
- 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
- Consultation paper (130 kB)
- Commission staff working paper (113 kB) on the transposition and implementation of the Directive.
- Experience reports from national competent authorities.
- Directive 2005/36/EC (114 kB) – User Guide.
- Code of conduct (3 MB) as approved by the Group of Coordinators.
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.
- Programme (110 kB)
- Mr Tjalling De Vries (European Parliament) (333 kB)
- Panel 1
- Antoine FOBE, Your Europe Advice (27 kB)
- Kitty WIGLEVEN, National Contact Point (The Netherlands) (315 kB)
- Mafalda DE SIQUEIRA, SOLVIT Centre (Portugal) (609 kB)
- Florent TOURNOIS, Point of Single Contact (France) (174 kB)
- Panel 2
- Panel 3
- Lars BYTOFT, FEANI (European Federation of National Engineering Associations) (318 kB)
- Frans AJ BURGERING, CEPI (European Council of Real Estate Professions) (101 kB)
- Anton BAUCH, ZDH (German Confederation of Skilled Crafts and Small Business)/ UEAPME (The European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) (224 kB)
- Panel 4
- Roger THOMPSON, Nursing & Midwifery Council (United Kingdom) (439 kB)
- Frank Ulrich MONTGOMERY, German Medical Association (Germany) (246 kB)
- Robert NICODEME, Conseil National de l'Ordre des Médecins (France) (93 kB)
- Lesley WILSON, EUA (European University Association) (150kB)
- James HORAN, Dublin School of Architecture (Ireland) (671 kB)
- Argyro KAVADELLA, ADEE (Association for Dental Education in Europe) (2 MB)
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.
Specific privacy statement (15 kB)