A consultation has been launched to gather stakeholders’ views on a modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive (Directive 2006/36/EC). This Directive, adopted in 2005, sets the rules for mutual recognition of professional qualifications between Member States. Beyond a few innovations, it mainly consolidated and simplified 15 previous Directives, some of which dated back to the 1960s. The reform of the system of recognition of professional qualifications as a means to facilitate mobility is one of the priority actions proposed by the Commission in the Single Market Act. With the view to preparing this reform, the Commission wishes to consult stakeholders on: new approaches to mobility, ways to build on achievements and on the modernisation of the automatic recognition. The consultation will be open until 20 September 2011.
Moreover, in order to give feedback about the reactions, the Commission organises a public Conference on the Modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive on the 7th November 2011. All interested parties are invited to attend.