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EU: Freedom of Movement blocked by qualification recognition issues

The inadequate recognition of professional qualifications is hindering the freedom of movement for EU citizens, according to the European Court of Auditors (ECA).

Why it matters: The inability to easily have professional qualifications recognized can discourage EU citizens from working in other member states. This issue affects a wide range of professions and creates bureaucratic obstacles.

The big picture: The report highlights the failure of the European Commission and national authorities in ensuring the recognition of professional qualifications. Member states have different procedures and requirements, causing disparities.

The bottom line: The findings point out the challenges an incoming UK Labour government may face in negotiating a mutual recognition agreement with the EU regarding professional qualifications. This internal issue within the EU could complicate future negotiations.


European Court of Auditors report from 1 July, 2024 

2005 EU Directive

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Authors: Tom Hayes



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