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Parliamentary questions
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19 May 2020
E-003091/2020
Question for written answer E-003091/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sabine Verheyen (PPE), Dennis Radtke (PPE), Ralf Seekatz (PPE), Stefan Berger (PPE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: European Professional Card

The mutual recognition of professional qualifications in the EU is a key prerequisite for the free movement of workers. Directive 2013/55/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, which revised the original EU directive on the recognition of professional qualifications (Directive 2005/36/EC), introduced the European Professional Card (EPC), an electronic procedure for the recognition of professional qualifications. According to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/983, the EPC procedure covers five professions: nurses responsible for general care, pharmacists, physiotherapists, mountain guides and real estate agents. There still appear to be shortcomings in the way the procedure is implemented, however. A case recently came to light in which recognition in Italy of a Dutch physiotherapy degree obtained by a German citizen has thus far taken five months. Under the EPC procedure, the host country is normally required to take a final decision on the recognition of a professional qualification within a maximum of three months.

1. Is the Commission aware of the failure on the part of some Member States to meet the deadlines laid down in the EPC procedure and the resulting obstacles to the free movement of workers?

2. What steps will the Commission take to ensure that the EPC procedure runs smoothly?

Original language of question: DE
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