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Parliamentary questions
17 May 2018
E-001205/2018
Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska on behalf of the Commission

On the basis of the information provided by the Honourable Member, and in accordance with information available in the database of regulated professions(1), the profession of industrial organisation engineer is not regulated in Spain with regard to qualifications.

As a result, there is no obstacle to the free movement in Spain of industrial organisation engineers from other Member States. They are free to access the Spanish labour market without having to apply for the recognition of their qualification. The same applies to industrial organisation engineers holding Spanish qualifications who wish to move to another Member State in which this profession is not regulated either.

Industrial organisation engineers holding Spanish qualifications who wish to move to another Member State regulating this profession would be subject to the rules of Directive 2005/36/EC as amended by Directive 2013/55/EU(2).

The fact that Spain does not regulate this profession would not prevent those engineers from practising their profession in a regulating Member State. The directive provides for specific rules and instructions on how regulating Member States have to deal with such a situation.

In particular, they can require that the professional proves a professional experience of at least one year. Recognition is in principle automatic unless they identified substantial differences between training courses that cannot be compensated by professional experience; in such case, an aptitude test or an adaptation period can be imposed, at the choice of the applicant.

The Commission has not been informed of any particular obstacle faced by Spanish industrial organisation engineers wishing to exercise their profession in another Member State.

(1)https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/regprof/index.cfm?fuseaction=profession.regProfs&profId=6030
(2)Directive 2013./55/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2013 amending Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications and Regulation (EU) No 1024/2012 on administrative cooperation through the internal market Information System (‘the IMI Regulation’) OJ L354 of 28/12/2013.

Last updated: 17 May 2018Legal notice