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Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

General system

The general system of recognition enables workers to have their professional qualification recognised in another EU country.

The host country

  • recognises qualifications when the applicant has full access to the same profession in the home country
  • grants recognition to professionals whose profession is not regulated in the country of origin but who have worked full-time in that profession for one year in the past 10 years
  • may in both of the above circumstances impose compensatory measures such as an adaptation period of up to three years or an aptitude test when there are substantial differences in education

Commission decisions on national compensation measures