Rentrop, Timm (2002) The Mutual Recognition of Diplomas. A quest for a more effective/efficient operation of the system while ‘living in the shadows’. EIPASCOPE, 2002 (1). pp. 1-7.
The Recognition of Diplomas and Professional Qualifications obtained abroad is a potential stumbling block to the Free Movement of Professionals. Although a system to facilitate this has long been established, it often faces problems itself which, in turn, make this field a source of obstacles to free movement. The methodology in this framework has changed and should speed up matters, but more could be done in particular to boost the crucial element of success: mutual trust. Progress here would enable the relevant bodies to decide upon recognition with greater ease. A pivotal means to achieve this would be an increase in the exchange of information between the parties concerned. Furthermore, counterweighing the Directives’ aim of promoting the free movement of professionals, in real life there is also the need for security and safety, which the relevant authorities have to safeguard as well, and which can thereby enter into conflict with the aim of free movement. Here the issue of being able to effectively control the professional conduct of foreign professionals comes into play as well. They would also benefit from enhanced cooperation and a cross-border exchange of information, increasing mutual trust in the process.
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