Parliament approves key directive regulating professional qualifications

Michel Barnier, Member of the European Commission in charge of Internal Market and Services (in the centre), Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office (EPO) (first from left), and António Campinos, President of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), gave a joint press conference following the publication of a study on Intellectual Property Rights. (EC Audiovisual Services 30/9/2013).

Michel Barnier, Member of the European Commission in charge of Internal Market and Services (in the centre), Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office (EPO) (first from left), and António Campinos, President of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), gave a joint press conference following the publication of a study on Intellectual Property Rights. (EC Audiovisual Services 30/9/2013).

It might not be much, but the European Parliament’s approval of the modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive to promote the intra EU mobility of professionals, is a giant step forward towards more Union, at a time when some countries long for less EU, by undermining the right of citizens for free movement within the Union. Undoubtedly certain professions will continue to unduly burden many EU countries, with excessive costs for their services. In any case the new draft directive which was approved yesterday at the plenary of the EU Parliament by 596 votes to 37, institutes a virtual professional qualifications card, which will make it easier for doctors, pharmacists, architects and other professionals to move to and practice in another EU country.

Today there are about 800 regulated professions in the EU, access to which is subject to possession of a specific qualification or diploma. Under the existing Professional Qualifications Directive, seven of them are automatically recognised throughout the EU: doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, veterinary surgeons and architects. To make the system of regulated professions more transparent, the updated rules will require the Commission to set up a public database of these professions.

A data base for professionals

According to the texted passed in Parliament yesterday this data base “would be compiled from information received from member states, which would also have to demonstrate to each other that decisions to regulate any given profession are proportionate and not discriminatory”. For example, florists and taxi drivers are not currently regulated in all member states.

“Introducing a European professional card, establishing common training frameworks and recognising traineeships as part of professional’s experience will greatly improve their mobility and European’s security”, said the Parliament’s rapporteur Bernadette Vergnaud (S&D, FR). The updated rules will enable professions keen to accelerate the recognition of their members’ qualifications by other EU state to opt for European professional qualifications cards. These cards would be granted by the home member state mostly for short periods of work abroad and the host member state if the practice is to be transferred for long periods there.

This incentive of qualification recognition in other member states will act as a catalyst for the swift progress of the new system. Of course there will be cases where a certain profession in one or more member states might seek protection from newcomers from other EU countries, by creating or maintaining artificial entry barriers. If the majority of its members don’t care to work abroad and consequently don’t seek reciprocal recognition of qualifications or the issuance of the card, it will be difficult to prove that regulations are not proportionate and discriminatory. The profession of tourist guides in many EU countries is such a case.

Unduly barriers

There is no question then that throughout the EU there are many incidents of unduly entry barriers and strong administrative rules protecting certain professions. As a result those professionals tend to be well paid while for some the gains from a protected market can be enormous. On top of that in many member states there are regulations imposing to consumers the engagement of professionals in certain activities, that could be carried out by non ‘club members’.

Undoubtedly in those 800 regulated professions around the EU, there are cases which constitute a heavy burden on societies, by enacting real barriers to growth and undermining competitiveness. The excessive cost of certain services due to the exorbitant protection of a profession could at the limit block the economic and social progress in entire countries.

So far the European Union has managed to create a seamless environment in the health care universe. The success in this domain is visible in the hospitals all over the EU, and European doctors have no problem working in any country they choose. If this was possible for this very demanding profession, why not for lawyers, accountants, notary publics to mention only a few key activities weighing heavily on the operational costs of SMEs.

Michel Barnier, EU Commissioner responsible for internal market, welcomed the European Parliament vote on the modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive. He concluded that “young graduates wishing to access a regulated profession will be able to benefit from this Directive to do all or part of their traineeship abroad”. Finally he predicted that the new directive will enter into force before the end of the year.

 

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Featured Stings

Pavlo Klimkin, Ukrainian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Vladimir Chizhov, Head of the Mission of Russia to the EU, and Alexey Ulyukaev, Russian Minister for Economic Development (from left to right), gathered in Brussels to discuss Russia’s objections over the implementation of the EU/Ukraine Association Agreement. The results of the conference were very poor. (EC Audiovisual Services, 11/07/2014).

The West and Russia impose a new order on the world

Catalunya Independence Flag

Catalan Pro-Independence vote: how many hits can Brussels sustain at the same time?

François Osete, Lazaros S. Lazarou and Danielle Pottier (from left to right). Press conference by Lazaros S  Lazarou, Member of the European Court of Auditors on "Are tools in place to monitor the effectiveness of European Social Fund (ESF) spending on older workers?". (EC Audiovisual Services, 05/03/2013).

Commission’s spending totally uncontrolled

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide.

GSMA Mobile 360: Connecting Cities, Connecting Lives, Connecting Europe

Press conference by László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion on the Annual Report on Economic and Social Development in Europe. (EC Audiovisual Services, 21/1/2014).

Commission: Raising the social issues that can make or break the monetary union

Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, gave a press conference on Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) announcing the end of the legal review of this agreement. The further of the procedure is the translation of this text in French and in the other 21 languages of the UE. © European Union , 2016   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: Eric Vidal

Federalist EU ‘naively’ believes Washington shares her TTIP high fever

JADE President opens JADE Spring Meeting 2014

Athens general views

Eurozone again whipped by Greek winds

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission (in the middle of a group of MEPs), and several Members of the College of the Commission participated in the European Parliament plenary session which focused on the presentation of the creation of a new EU strategic investment plan. (EC Audiovisual Services, 26/11/2014).

Eurostat overturns Commission’s assessment of the economy

Mario Monti’s (on ther left)  center party didn't manage to break the Italian political stalemate. (EC Audiovisual Services).

Italian electoral results to change Eurozone climate and weight on the Cyprus issue

Michel Barnier, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services, on the right, received representatives from the Portuguese Banking Association (APB). (EC Audiovisual Services).

‘Free state aid’ for imprudent banks

Zomato Logo

The way to entrepreneurship in the developing world

Photo taken outside the House of Commons on 20 June 2016. Hundreds of people have showed their sorrow and paid tribute to the tragic loss of Jo Cox's life. This photo was taken by the European Sting during its London coverage of the EU referendum (The European Sting, 20/06/2016)

The IMF sees Brexit’s ‘substantial impact’ while the world’s economy holds its breath

Debate: "Can a future Free Trade Agreement create a proper EU-US energy dialogue?" (European Parliament photographic library, 15/05/2013).

EU Parliament shows its teeth in view of 2014 elections

Joint press conference last February by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC, and Miguel Arias Cañete, Member of the EC, on the strategy of the EC to achieve a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy (EC Audiovisual Services, 25/02/2015)

EU’s new environmental policy on biofuels impacts both the environment and the European citizen

The Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union entered into force yesterday.

The new EU “fiscal compact” an intimidation for all people

Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, visited the European Commission. Jinping, in the foreground, on the left photographed here with Li Zhanshu, Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CCCPC); Member of the Secretariat of the CCCPC; Head of the General Office of the CCCPC, on the right. (EC Audiovisual Services, Date: 31/03/2014 Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont).

A new global financial crisis develops fast; who denies it?

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission in the podium. The EC published country-specific recommendations for Member States along with an overarching communication on what was needed to return to growth and jobs, (EC Audiovisual Services, 29/5/2013).

EU Commission accuses Germany of obstructing growth and the banking union

Ioannis Stournaras, Greek Minister for Finance and President of the ECOFIN Council signs documents. (Council of the European Union photographic library, 18/2/2014).

A week to decide if the EU is to have a Banking Union

Werner Langen, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of DASE Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).  Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats), Member Germany Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands. (European Parliament photo library).

The European Parliament floating over the South China Sea

Event Date: 28/06/2016
Extraordinary Plenary session - Vote of a resolution analysing the outcome and ways forward
Reference: EP-038833A
Copyright: © European Union 2016 - Source : EP.

Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson: who forced the two ‘brave’ Brexiteers to quit?

DSC_0042

European Junior Enterprises to address the significant skills mismatch in the EU between school and employment

José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, on the right and Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council. Final Press Conference after the European Council Summit of 14.12.2012. (Photographic library of the Council of the European Union).

3+1 issues to haunt tomorrow’s EU Summit

Euro Summit. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council (second from left) meets Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (first from right). (European Council - Council of the European Union Audiovisual Services. Shoot location: Brussels – Belgium. Shoot date: 07/07/2015 Copyright credit 'The European Union').

Draghi rehabs ECB into a tool to support growth and employment; a departure from Teutonic orthodoxy

European Parliament. Monetary Dialogue with Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (in the middle) - Adoption by Lithuania of the euro on 1 January 2015. (EP Audiovisual Services).

The financial war touches Frankfurt and Berlin

Michel Barnier, member of the European Commission responsible for Internal Market and Services speaks in the Plenary Session of the European Parliament in favour of tougher rules for credit rating agencies. (European Parliament Audiovisual Services, 16.1.2013).

The European Parliament fails to really restrict the rating agencies

Special European Council on migratory pressures in the Mediterranean. From left to right: Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg Prime Minister, David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor. Migratory pressure in the Mediterranean was the main topic of this special European Council of 23 April 2015, after the dramatic sinking of migrant ships off the Libyan coast. Migration pressures are expected to become the main issue in the British in-out of the EU referendum to be held in 2017. (European Council – Council of the European Union, Audiovisual Services, Shoot location: Brussels – Belgium, Shoot date: 23/04/2015).

Why did Cameron gain absolute majority? What will he do now? Will he vote ‘yes’ in Britain’s in – out EU referendum?

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EC, delivered his first State of the Union Address 2015 "Time for Honesty, Unity and Solidarity" at the plenary session of the EP in Strasbourg, chaired by Martin Schulz, President of the EP. (EC Audiovisual Services, 09/09/2015)

The refugee crisis brings to light EU’s most horrible flaws and nightmares

Olli Rehn, Vice President of the EC in charge of Economic and Monetary Affairs and the euro meets Luis de Guindos Jurado, Spanish Minister for Economy and Competitiveness. (EC Audiovisual Services).

European markets itchy with short-term disturbances

Special meeting of the European Council. Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council 1st from the right, David Cameron, British Prime Minister, in the centre, and Joseph Muscat, Maltese Prime Minister, 2nd from the left (in the foreground). (EC Audiovisual Services).

What next after more sanctions against Russia, will the Ukrainian civil war end?

President of MasterCard, International markets (MasterCard)

MasterCard at European Business Summit 2015: A focus on innovation will drive inclusive economic growth for Europe

Antonio Tajani, Sebastián Salvadó, President of the RACC, and Carles Grasas, CEO of Applus+ IDIADA, posing in front of Volar-e (from left to right)
(EC Audiovisual Services)

Commissioner sings “Volar-e” but the European driver no “Cantar-e”

Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor and Vladimir Putin, President of Russia attending the EU-Russia Summit.

Where is heading Putin’s Russia?

Herman van Rompuy, 2nd, Luuk van Middelaar, Member of cabinet of Herman van Rompuy, 4th, Alain Lamassoure, Member of the European Parliament (EP) and Chairman of the Committee on Budgets, 5th, and José Manuel Barroso, 6th (from right to left). From the interparliamentary committee of EP meeting with National Parliaments on "The European Semester for Economic Policy Coordination." Barroso made a speech entitled "Unity in difference, strength in convergence".

EU crisis aggravates structural differences, threatens cohesion

Press conference, after yesterday’s European Conference on ‘Youth Employment’ in Milan, Italy. From left to right, Manuel Barroso, outgoing President of European Commission, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, François Hollande, French President, Matteo Renzi, Italian Prime Minister, Herman Van Rompuy, outgoing President of the European Council, Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament. (The Council of the European Union Photographic Library, 8/10/1014).

Is Germany yielding to pressures for more relaxed economic policies?

Youth Forum Press Release

European Youth Forum welcomes adoption of Sustainable Development Goals and calls on European countries to not ignore them!

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, participated in the first meeting of the Steering Board of the European Cloud Partnership (ECP). The board, chaired by Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia, met to kick-off a process where public authorities and industry work together to help building the EU Digital Single Market for cloud computing pursuant to the European Cloud Computing Strategy.

Cloud computing under scrutiny in the EU?

The Changing Scope of International Economic Relations – Chinese Leadership in the 21st Century

avramopoulos

EU prepares for the worst case scenario as Turkey seems to be withdrawing from the migration deal

Ambassador Yang China-Europe Investment Forum

“There are many converging visions and interests between the One Belt One Road initiative and the Juncker Investment Plan”, Ambassador Yang of the Chinese Mission to EU highlights from Brussels

Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, welcomes in December 2012 David Cameron, British Prime Minister, in Brussels, for the Extraordinary European Council on the EU Budget, in the presence of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (in the foreground, from left to right). (EC Audiovisual Services).

London, Berlin, Paris to fight over EU budget

European Parliament, 7th Parliamentary Term. Conference of the Presidents, EP President Martin Schulz presiding. (EP Audiovisual Services 13/03/2014)

Will the three major parties retain control of the new EU Parliament?

M360_EUROPE_2016

GSMA Mobile 360 Series – Europe – 14 June 2016

© European Youth Forum 2016

A new Europe for people, planet and prosperity for all

World Retail Congress 2016

World Retail Congress Dubai 2016: Retail’s night of nights

World Health Organisation Logo 2016

Is “Sustainable Development” a concept that integrates Health Literacy and Health Policy as a global health action?

ILO labour statuses and new supplementary indicators, EU-28, age 15-74, 2013. Eurostat graph.

The true EU unemployment rate may have soared to 21.9%

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors met in Washington on April 18. (G20 photographic library).

Everybody for himself in G20 and IMF

JADE Generations Club.jpg

Intergenerational, intercultural, interactive – The 2015 edition of JADE’s Generations Club: Transforming Europe into an entrepreneurial society

apple-logo_

Apple’s tax avoidance scheme remains as creative as their new iPhone

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s