Assessment of barriers restricting access to regulated professions

On 2 October 2013 the European Commission adopted a communication announcing the start of an evaluation of national regulations on access to professions. The communication implements requirements set out in the revised Professional Qualifications Directive. First step is a transparency exercise: each Member State will have to report the list of professions it regulates, including those at regional level. The Commission will then publish this list in the form of a European map of regulated professions that will clearly display which professions are regulated and at which countries. In a second stage Member States are invited to conduct over the next two years a mutual evaluation of the respective barriers they have in place limiting the access to certain professions. Professional organisations shall be involved during this exercise. It will be important that ECEC member organisation check with their competent authorities to ensure this involvement.