14-09-11 Recognition of Professional Qualifications – Dir. 2005/36/EC

European Union Directorate

Section D for the Recognition of Professional Qualifications

Recognition of Professional Qualifications

Within the legal framework of the Internal Market of the European Union, all Member States are responsible for regulating access to specific professions by requiring possession of certain professional qualifications, which can be obtained within the national territory. This however may constitute a hindrance to the free circulation of professionals within the European Union.

As a solution to this problem, Directive “2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications” was adopted, by setting out the rules under which mutual recognition of regulated professional qualifications can be facilitated.

Presidential Decree 38/2010 “Adaptation of Greek legislation to Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications” (Gazette of the Government of the Hellenic Republic issue No 78, vol. A), transposed into national law Directives: a) 2005/36/EC and b) 2006/100/EC of 20 November 2006 adapting certain Directives in the field of freedom of movement of persons, by reason of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania, to the extent that the latter Directive amends the former.

Presidential Decree 38/2010 is applicable to nationals of:

a) the 27 EU Member States,

b) the three additional Member States of E.E.A.: Iceland, Norway and Lichtenstein[1], as well as

c) Switzerland[2],

who wish to establish in Greece in order to pursue a regulated profession on either a self-employed or employed basis.

P.D. 38/2010 (Greek text – for the English text of Dir. 2005/36/EC click here)

Documents to be submitted for the recognition of professional qualifications

Application form for the recognition of professional qualifications

User’s Guide and Code of Conduct for Directive 2005/36/EC (English texts)

For further information you may address the Section for the Recognition of Professional Qualifications of the European Union Directorate of the Ministry of Education, Life-long Learning and Religious Affairs

Address: 37 Andrea Papandreou Str., 151 80 Marousi, Greece

e-mail: srpq@minedu.gov.gr

fax: (+30) -210 - 34.43.158,

Τel: (+30) 210 - 34.43.167-169-175 and 210-34.42.483-6-7

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[1] From the 1st of July 2009

[2] According to the Official website of the Eur. Commission, Directive 2005/36/EC will apply at a later stage in Switzerland

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