IMCO vote on compromise amendments to EP report on the EC proposal to revise Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications

Brussels/Strasbourg, 24 January 2013

On 23 January 2013 the IMCO Committee with a large majority (33 votes in favour, 4 against, 2 abstentions) adopted about 30 compromise amendments to MEP Bernadette Vergnaud’s (S&D Group, France) draft report on the EC proposal for a directive to amend Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications (including a regulation on administrative cooperation through the Internal Market Information System). The final vote in the EP Plenary is expected for 22 May 2013. The negotiations between EP and Council are under way, too.

We are currently analysing these amendments and will assess them in more in detail and in view of any further action with our affiliates in meetings mid March. It seems as if a number of major demands and suggestions EPSU had have been taken on board and are (rather) well reflected in the compromise amendments adopted. Together with colleagues from organisations representing midwives we are exploring the reasons for the wording in CA 29 that speaks about only “at least 4500 hours of theoretical and practical training” for the midwives with full-time training of at least three years.

In this article we point out some compromise amendments (and relevant wording there) dealing with key points for EPSU, amongst them "partial access", "automatic alerts", "language tests", "continued professional development" and the stipulations for nurses responsible for general care and delegated acts, see compiliation in file below.

In 2012 EPSU elaborated a position endorsed on 22 May 2012 to react to the legislative proposal issued by the European Commission on 19 December 2011. It served as the reference basis for the political work with MEPs to influence the report of the IMCO, the opinions in the EMPL and ENVI Committees and to draft amendments to these documents.

Last year we also contributed to letters of the ETUC to DG MARKT and the relevant EP Committees with suggested amendments to the EP report, jointly drafted by ETUC, EPSU, ETUCE and Eurocadres.

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