Where: Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Employment and social rights
Organiser: European Commission
On Wednesday 2 October, the European Commission will adopt a Communication on evaluating national regulations on access to professions. The aims of this initiative are to underline the potential for further integration of professional services in the single market; to highlight the opportunities for mobility of professionals; and to provide a full picture of the remaining barriers affecting the access to and exercise of regulated professions.
The Communication will set out an action plan for carrying out a mapping and mutual evaluation exercise of regulated professions. Member States supported such a review under the revised Professional Qualifications Directive which is due to be formally adopted before the end of the year. The mutual evaluation will cover the restrictions linked to the access to regulated professions (qualifications requirements and the activities reserved to the holders of the required qualifications).
In order to provide a complete picture of the remaining barriers, a report on the findings of a peer review of the legal form, shareholding and tariff requirements which Member States impose on professional services, conducted under the Services Directive, will be published in parallel.
An off-the-record technical briefing will be held on October 2.
Press release and memo will be available on the day.