Diplomas are necessary to attain many professions: from accountants to doctors, architects to pilots, there is a wide range of regulated professions and for good reasons, as it ensures that the doctors treating you have the qualifications to do so, and new buildings won’t collapse immediately due to poor design. Member States hold certain standards of qualifications one must meet before one can join a regulated profession. The difficulty comes when people move across borders, as one Member State might not recognise the qualifications of another Member State. This makes migrating much harder for people with regulated professions, as they have to redo training and schooling, or have to have the qualifications and diplomas accredited or validated before they can exercise their profession. This causes significant delays and monetary costs. Many Member States are experiencing shortages of personnel in these industries, and the process of testing and retraining makes it, perhaps unnecessarily, difficult to recruit workers from other countries.
The committee should find measures to improve the ease and speed to recognizing foreign diplomas and qualifications, whilst keeping an eye on the right of each Member State to set their own qualifications for each profession.