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PR(01)32: Three Norwegian diplomas in architecture recognised throughout the European Economic Area

18.9.2002

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has published three Norwegian diplomas in architecture in the Official Journal of the European Communities (OJ C 344, 6.12.2001, p. 11) according to Article 7 of Council Directive 85/384/EEC of 10 June 1985 on the mutual recognition of diplomas, certificates and other evidence of formal qualifications in architecture, including measures to facilitate the effective exercise of the right of establishment and freedom to provide services.

Directive 85/384/EEC, as incorporated into the EEA Agreement, aims at facilitating the taking up and pursuit of activities in the field of architecture under the professional title of architect in other EEA States. Whereas the education in architecture is not co-ordinated in the EEA, the Directive provides for the automatic and mutual recognition of diplomas in all EEA States if they are acquired as a result of an education and training which meets certain quantitative and qualitative requirements. Recognition is conditional upon the procedures of Articles 7 and 8 of the Directive, which, for the EFTA States, is carried out by the EFTA Surveillance Authority. The EFTA EEA States must simultaneously communicate the diploma to all EEA States and the EFTA Surveillance Authority, which, within a three-month period following the communication, can express doubts as to the compatibility of the diploma with the requirements of the Directive. If there are no doubts concerning the diploma, the EFTA Surveillance Authority shall publish it after expiry of the three-month period.

In April 2001, Norway communicated the diplomas “sivilarkitekt” awarded by Norges Teknisk-naturvitenskapelige Universitet, by Arkitekthøgskole i Oslo and by Bergen Arkitektskole to the EEA States and the Authority. Having examined the communicated diplomas, hereby taking into account expert advice, and having not received any observations from other EEA States within the given period, the EFTA Surveillance Authority, in August 2001, adopted the decision to publish the diplomas.

Upon their publication, the diplomas must be automatically recognised by the EEA States as regards students who started their studies in the academic year 2001/2002. This means that the EEA States must give the same effect to these diplomas as they give to those awarded in their territories as regards the taking up and the pursuit of the profession of architect. Holders of the diploma “sivilarkitekt” from the mentioned institutions should be able in future to more easily pursue their profession in other EEA States whether by entering an employment relationship, by establishing or by providing cross-border services in other EEA territories.

For further information please contact Ms. Andrea Weiss, officer at the Persons, Services and Capital Movements Directorate, telephone (32)-2-286-1863.

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