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Brussels, 14 April 2009

Professional qualifications: Commission requests Greece for information on compliance with Court judgment on engineers

The European Commission has decided, under Article 228 of the EC Treaty, to send a letter of formal notice to Greece requesting information on the measures they have taken to comply with the judgment of the European Court of Justice of 23.10.2008 (C-274/05) regarding the recognition of professional qualifications of engineers.

The Court held that Greece failed to fulfil its obligations under Directive 89/48/EEC by refusing to recognise diplomas, in particular for engineers, awarded by the competent authorities of another Member State under a franchise agreement.

Greece also violated its obligations under that same Directive by providing for the application of compensatory measures in more cases than those allowed, and by checking the level of the educational establishment that issued the diploma.

Finally, Greece violated Directive 89/48/EEC by not allowing, in the public sector, the reclassification, at a higher grade, of persons recruited at a level lower than that to which they would have been entitled if their diplomas had been recognised in accordance with that Directive.

It has to be noted that, in the meantime, Directive 89/48/EEC has been replaced by Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications, which entered into force on 20 October 2007 and which confirms and takes over the legal framework appropriate to this issue under Directive 89/48/EEC.

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