With Directive 2005/36/EC the EU has reformed the system for recognition of professional qualifications, in order to help make labour markets more flexible, further liberalise the provision of services, encourage more automatic recognition of qualifications, and simplify administrative procedures.
On 20 October 2007, at the end of the transposition period, this Directive has replaced fifteen existing Directives in the field of the recognition of professional qualifications, providing the first comprehensive modernisation of the EU system since its introduction over 40 years ago
The current system must be evaluated periodically in order to verify whether full use has been made of all the opportunities offered by Directive 2005/36/EC. The system must also take account of the considerable changes that have occurred in the Member States' educational and training systems
For this reason the Commission has conducted a major evaluation of the 2005 Directive, has consulted stakeholders and has finally proposed a revision of the Directive in December 2011.
On 19 December 2011, the Commission has adopted a legislative proposal for modernising Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications. This modernisation is one of the twelve levers for growth set out in the Single Market Act and aims at further facilitating mobility of professionals across the EU.
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