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Working abroad in Europe – Recognition of professional qualifications

published 6 May 2014 updated 9 May 2014

The European Parliamentary Research Service has summarised the recently adopted EU Directive on Recognition of professional qualifications. In November 2013 the Directive 2013/55/EU was published amending Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications.

ETUCE together with other European level trade union organisations extensively lobbied during the modernisation of the directive. The website of the European Parliament provides also links to the ETUCE, ETUC, EPSU, Eurocadres and CEEP statements: http://epthinktank.eu/2014/03/26/recognition-of-professional-qualifications-2/

The goal of the recognition of professional qualifications is to assist workers in certain occupations to have their skills more easily accepted in another EU country. The directive also concerns teachers as they are included in the “general system overview” of the professional categories of the Directive.