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Parliamentary questions
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7 November 2018
E-004226/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004226/2018

Directive (EU) 2018/958 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 June 2018 on a proportionality test before adoption of new regulation of professions(1) lays down how Member States have to assess whether requirements that they intend to adopt are in line with the principle of proportionality.

It does not prejudge the outcome of the national legislative process. The proportionality of a particular national regulatory framework will have to be assessed on a case-by-case basis and taking into account whether there are genuine risks for the achievement of public interest objectives and whether the envisaged measure is suitable to mitigate that risk.

To facilitate professional mobility, the Professional Qualifications Directive(2) already provides for a set of mutual recognition rules to be applied by Member States. The recognition of professional qualifications of interior architects falls under the so-called general system of recognition set out in that directive.

This system facilitates mobility as it allows the EU citizens to exercise a profession in the territory of the host country both on a temporary and permanent basis, provided that they hold the qualification required for the same profession or have exercised that profession for a certain period in another Member State.

Furthermore, where the activities in the field of interior architecture are carried out under the title of an ‘architect’, the professionals can benefit from the automatic recognition regime for architects set out in that directive.

Against this backdrop, the Commission considers that a sufficient framework enabling mobility of interior architects exists at the EU level.

(1)Directive (EU) 2018/958 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 June 2018 on a proportionality test before adoption of new regulation of professions, OJ L 173, 9.7.2018.
(2)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.

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