Access to regulated professions: Internal Market MEPs endorse provisional deal  

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New rules aimed at ensuring mobility of professionals and high-quality professional services in the EU were backed in the Internal Market Committee by 25 votes to four, with no abstentions.

The directive, provisionally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on 20 March, will streamline and clarify how member states should undertake a “proportionality test” before adopting or amending national rules restricting access to or pursuit of regulated professions. It aims at ensuring that EU citizens can practise their profession, without facing discriminatory and unjustified restrictions.

There are over 5,500 regulated professions across the EU, representing 22% of the labour force in all sectors of activities, such as health and social services, business services, construction, network services, transport, tourism, real estate, public services and education.

You can find more information in this press release, published after the trilogue.

Next steps

The agreed text is expected to be voted by the full Parliament at the June’s plenary session. Once approved by the co-legislators and published in the EU Official Journal, member states will have two years to transpose the directive into national law.