Conference on the modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive


On 12 February 2014 the Directorate-General for the Internal Market and Services of the European Commission will organize a one day Conference entitled "Modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive: safe mobility".

The Conference will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss the changes introduced by the modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive. Commissioner Barnier will open this high-level event, which follows the formal adoption of the amending Directive by the European Parliament on 9 October 2013 and the Council on 15 November 2013. The new Directive will enter into force early 2014, 20 days after its publication.

The Conference will address the following issues in panel discussions:

- Facilitating mobility: The European Professional Card
- Reinforcing safeguards for citizens and patients: The Alert mechanism and knowledge of languages
- Facilitating qualifications: Recognition of traineeships and the importance of diversity in education systems
- Simplification: Points of Single Contact and Common Training Principles

Participants are a broad range of stakeholder, including professionals, representatives of national competent authorities, of professional organisations and associations at national and EU level, trade unions and employers associations, academics, etc.

Registration is possible until 29 January 2014