Brussels, 5 June 2008
The European Commission has decided to send a reasoned opinion to eight Member States, namely Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom, for failing to notify it of their transposition measures for Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications.
This Directive is the result of the reform of the system of recognition of professional qualifications undertaken by the Commission in order to promote flexibility on the labour markets, further liberalise the provision of services, make the recognition of qualifications more automatic and simplify administrative procedures.
The Directive consolidates in a single piece of legislation fifteen
directives, including twelve sectoral directives covering the professions of
doctor, nurse responsible for general care, dental practitioner, veterinary
surgeon, midwife, pharmacist and architect, and three directives which
introduced a general system of recognition of professional qualifications and
covered most other regulated professions. The Directive simplifies the structure
of the system of recognition of qualifications and improves the way it operates.
It thus aims to facilitate mobility within the internal market for qualified
people moving to another Member State either to provide a service or to settle