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PR(10)10: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway failing to fully adjust their national legislation to the Professional Qualifications Directive


The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided today to send reasoned opinions to  Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway for not fully aligning their national legislation with the rules on the recognition of professional qualifications under the new Directive 2005/36/EC.

Directive 2005/36/EC aims at facilitating the mobility within the internal market for regulated professions when moving to another EEA State either to provide services or to settle permanently. Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway should have completed the necessary changes to their national legislation by 1 July 2009.

Delivering a reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. The EFTA Surveillance Authority may decide to bring the matter before the EFTA Court if Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway fails to take satisfactory measures within two months of receiving the reasoned opinion.

Directive 2005/36/EC .consolidates fifteen prior existing directives concerning the recognition of professional qualifications. It covers the specific professions of doctors, general care nurses, dentists, midwifes, pharmacists, veterinarians and architects, for which an automatic recognition process is foreseen, and also contains the provisions based on horizontal qualifications levels concerning about 800 professions throughout the EEA, which allow for compensation measures like aptitude tests. Moreover, the new Directive aims at promoting flexibility on the labour markets by further liberalising the provision of services, making the recognition of qualifications more automatic and simplifying administrative procedures.

For further information, please contact:

Bernhard Zaglmayer
Senior Officer
Internal Market Affairs Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 85


Brussels, 10 March 2010

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