The EC have published a Green Paper on
the Professional Qualifications Directive' (COM) 2011. This Green Paper seeks
to modernise professional qualifications within the EU where the service sector
accounts for 70% of GDP whereas intra-EU trade in services only accounts for
25% of overall trade in the EU.
According to a recent report there will
be a need for 16 million more high-skilled professionals by 2020, which under current
trends will leave a severe shortage, in particular in the health sector.
The view of the Green Paper is to enable
citizens to realise their right to work anywhere in the EU and to have their professional
qualifications recognised anywhere in the EU. The implications of regulatory
competition within the EU may play a part in the formation of clearer and simpler
rules. If different EU states have different requirements to qualify then such
asymmetries must be addressed by creating a uniform approach.
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