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Parliamentary questions
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20 July 2020
Answer given by Mr Breton
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003091/2020

The European Professional Card (EPC) is an instrument of recognition of professional qualifications widely accepted by the professionals covered by it. The various EPC procedures are subject to specific deadlines for the home and host country authorities, such deadlines reflecting the specificities of the different processes. A number of the deadlines depend on the moment the application file is completed, on whether there are justified reasons for further enquiries/extension and on whether compensatory measures are required.

U nder the EPC procedure the deadlines commence upon the receipt of the application. However, if the file is found to be incomplete (e.g. documents are missing), the deadlines may be suspended until the completion of the file. After the transfer of the EPC file to the host country authority, the final decision has to be taken within a maximum of two months. However, in duly justified cases this deadline can be extended by a maximum of one month. Furthermore, if the qualifications do not meet the required standards, the host country might require the completion of compensatory measures before issuing an EPC.

Therefore, the issuance of an EPC in certain specific cases might extend to five months.

In this context, it is not possible for the Commission to comment on the example provided by the Honourable Members. Nonetheless, the Commission is following the practical implementation of the EPC by Member States very closely. The recent report on the implementation of a revised professional qualifications directive(1) and an accompanying Staff Working Document(2) provide a comprehensive overview.

(1)COM(2020) 191 .
(2)SWD/2020/79 .
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