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The Authority to bring Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway before the EFTA Court for failure to fully recognise professional qualifications obtained in other EEA States - PR(10)45


The EFTA Surveillance Authority today decided to bring all three EEA EFTA States before the EFTA Court regarding their failures to fully implement the EEA rules corresponding to Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications.[1]

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 fully aligned their national legislation to the Directive no later than 1 July 2009. Iceland has still to put in place all necessary changes. The outstanding measures in Liechtenstein concern the crafts sector. Norway still needs to adapt its rules on seven professions. 

Prior to this court referral, the Authority had issued letters of formal notice and delivered reasoned opinions to all three EEA EFTA States.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Xavier Lewis
Legal & Executive Affairs
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 30



[1] Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications, OJ L 255, 30.9.2005, p. 22, as amended by Regulations 1430/2007 and 755/2008. 

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