Re-Thinking Legal and Factual Barriers in the Internal Market
Edited by Sybe de Vries, Elena Ioriatti, Paolo Guarda and Elisabetta Pulice
Chapter 3: Union citizens and the recognition of professional qualifications: where do we go from here?
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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