Draft report by MEP Danti on the need for professional reforms

July 27th, 2017 § 0 comments

Nicola DANTI - 8th Parliamentary term

Nicola DANTI – 8th Parliamentary term

Further to the workshop on 11 July 2017, MEP Nicola Danti has now published his draft report on ‘on the implementation of Directive 2005/36/EC as regards regulation and the need for reform in professional services’.

The draft report recognises the fundamental role played by regulated professions in the EU and the importance of quality services. It asks, amongst others, for better comparability of the level of professional qualifications.

Major points of the draft resolution include:

1. Stresses that regulated professions play a fundamental role in the EU economy, representing a significant part of the occupation rate as well as an important share of the added value in the Union; believes, furthermore, that the quality of professional services is of paramount importance for preserving the EU economic, social and cultural model;

3. Believes that the Commission communication of 10 January 2017 might help Member States to better regulate professional services; stresses, however, that elements beyond mere economic analysis are needed for a holistic assessment of the performance of the regulatory environment in each Member State;

8. Acknowledges that some Member States did not consult the relevant stakeholders in an appropriate manner while preparing the NAPs; calls for a broader involvement of all interested parties in the future;

11. Recognises the role of professional regulation in achieving a high level of protection of public interest objectives, such as the protection of consumers, (…) the safeguarding of the proper administration of justice, (…) acknowledges the margin of appreciation of Member States in determining the ways to achieve this;

12. Notes that profession-specific regulations pursuing objectives in the public interest aim to ensure effective supervision of the lawful practice of the regulated profession, and of its deontological rules where relevant;

13. Points out that better comparability of the level of professional qualifications is needed in order to increase the homogeneity of the evidence of formal qualifications across the European Union and to create a level playing field for young Europeans entering the professions, as well as promote their mobility;

17. Recalls that the analysis of the impact of the regulations in Member States should be subject not only to a quantitative but also to a qualitative assessment encompassing the general interest objectives and the quality of the service provided;

19. Welcomes the acknowledgement by the Commission of the need to reflect on the impact of new technologies on professional services, especially in the legal and accounting sectors; notes in particular that close attention needs to be paid to the consequent risks for service recipients, including consumers, of such a transformational change;

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