Easier access to professions: EU ambassadors agree on new measures


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The EU's committee of permanent representatives (Coreper) today endorsed an agreement between the Bulgarian presidency of the Council and European Parliament negotiators on a directive that will require EU member states to carry out a proportionality test before establishing new requirements for professions.

"Europe needs a Single market for services. It is crucial to eliminate any unjustified barriers to the right of citizens to choose an occupation, conduct a business or provide services across the EU. A systematic and standardised check prior to the adoption of new provisions for regulated professions will help protect these fundamental principles of the internal market."

Krasimir Valchev, Minister for Education and Science of Bulgaria

The directive will improve transparency in the way certain professions are regulated in the member states. It will ensure that national measures are proportionate, and that they do not unduly restrict access to professional activities or create unjustified burdens in the internal market.

Read the full press release on the website of the Council of the European Union.

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