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The European Commission has formally asked France and Spain to correct breaches of EU law on professional qualifications. These requests take the form of “reasoned opinions”, the second stage of the infringement procedure laid down in Article 226 of the EC Treaty. If there is no satisfactory reply within two months, the Commission may refer the matter to the European Court of Justice.
Spain has been asked to amend its legislation relating to the recognition of engineering diplomas. France has been asked to amend its legislation relating to the use of the professional title of dentist.
If EU law on the recognition of professional qualifications is not respected, qualified individuals could be denied the right to practise their profession in any Member State. Moreover, by placing obstacles in the way of such recognition, Member States make it more difficult for their own citizens and enterprises to select qualified professionals from other Member States to provide services within their territory.
At this stage in the process for both Spain and France, if there is no satisfactory reply within two months, the Commission may refer the matter to the European Court. ACA will track both infringement proceedings.Commission press release - Professional qualifications: infringement proceedings against Spain and France