EU Citizens’ Economic Rights in Action
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EU Citizens’ Economic Rights in Action

Re-Thinking Legal and Factual Barriers in the Internal Market

Edited by Sybe de Vries, Elena Ioriatti, Paolo Guarda and Elisabetta Pulice

This book analyses three important economic rights: consumer rights, rights of professionals in gaining access to the services market, and intellectual property rights in the light of the Digital Single Market. For each of these rights, contributors analyse the main pathways towards reducing and removing legal and factual obstacles to successful cross-border economic rights. In addition, the book takes into specific consideration the multifaceted issues related to the economic crisis and to the EU’s multilingualism.
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Chapter 3: Union citizens and the recognition of professional qualifications: where do we go from here?

Silvia Adamo and Tom Binder


A fast and efficient recognition procedure can open the door to easy insertion into a foreign European Union (EU) labour market. Since the 1960s, EU legislations and institutions have fostered a detailed system for recognition of professional qualifications to help Union citizens make use of their qualifications and skills across the Union. The system for mutual recognition of professional qualifications is supposed to alleviate the national markets’ shortages of labour, enhancing the intra-EU mobility of professionals and acting as a guarantee for the use of their skills. However, the agreement on this mutual system has not been easy to achieve, and many administrative hurdles persist at a national level. In this chapter, after reviewing the legislation in the area, a selection of Member States’ practices are used as a showcase for the practical, cultural and economic barriers Union citizens may encounter when they move to another Member State and wish to exercise their profession.

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