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Parliamentary questions
12 April 2011
E-001517/2011
Answer given by Mr Barnier on behalf of the Commission

The Commission shares the view of the Honourable Member that freedom of movement needs to be promoted as a basic EU freedom and for its specific contribution to fighting unemployment.

Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications(1) constitutes the legal framework for the recognition of professional qualifications required to exercise a regulated profession, such as the profession of doctor.

Currently, Directive 2005/36/EC is based on the recognition of diplomas (professional qualifications) only. Although lifelong learning or continuing professional development (CPD) — as it is sometimes called — is considered important by Directive 2005/36/EC it is not made compulsory nor cannot be a requirement in view of recognition.

Whereas the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (EQF) favours more transparence, it is not relevant as regards the automatic recognition of professional qualifications of specialist qualifications in radiology.

(1)OJ L 255, 30.9.2005.

OJ C 294 E, 06/10/2011
Last updated: 3 May 2011Legal notice