What is Directive 2005/36/EC?

Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications is the result of regulatory reform initiated by the European Commission intended to increase flexibility in the job market, liberalise the provision of services, boost automatic recognition of qualifications and simplify official procedures.

Directive 2005/36/EC is valid in all EU Member States, as well as for citizens of Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway in the European Economic Area. The education and training of self-employed persons, or employees of regulated professions such as physicians, architects and lawyers, who wish to work in a different Member State from their country of origin is covered by the provisions of Directive 2005/36/EC.

Detailed information about Directive 2005/36/EC can be found on the website of the European Commission.