Professional qualifications gain the recognition they deserve

Internal Market will benefit from increased mobility of professionals

STRASBOURG -- The Rt Hon Sir Robert Atkins, has welcomed proposals approved by the European Parliament that will simplify the rules governing the recognition of professional qualifications across all EU Member States.

The proposals will encourage qualified professionals to offer their services across the whole of the EU and assist in strengthening the Internal Market. Conservatives also hope that this initiative will pave the way towards a European market for services. Under the current arrangements, many professionals have found their freedom to work in other Member States has been frustrated by bureaucratic obstacles. The proposals for reform would make it easier for qualified professionals to offer their services across the whole of the EU.

Sir Robert said:

"These new proposals will merge 15 EU directives into just one. The recognition of professional qualifications across the EU is a positive step towards creating a genuine internal market. Skilled professionals will soon find it much easier to respond to demands for their services in the European market because of these proposals. This directive will give European enterprise a much larger pool of skilled professionals from which to recruit, meaning that they can find the right person for the job. The acceptance of these proposals will be welcome news for both business and the millions of European professionals who currently face a mountain of bureaucratic hurdles in order to get their achievements recorded in another EU Member State."

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