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European Parliament Activities - Health professions

Tuesday 12 September 2017

The European Commission has submitted a draft proposal for a new directive of the European Parliament and the Council on a proportionality test before adoption of new regulation of professions - Com/2016/0822 final.

For the point of view of Eurofedop on this matter as far as health professions are concerned, see our text ‘Health professions and the Commission’s proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on a proportionality test before adoption of new regulation of professions - Com/2016/0822 final’.

Point of view of Eurofedop
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The underlying reason for this Commission initiative was to make member states consider whether the new regulation of professions they plan, corresponds with the EU core principles of non-discrimination and free movement of professionals.

We, on the part of Eurofedop, are particularly concerned by this subject through our members of health services.

When the Services Directive was implemented in 2006, health professions were excluded from this directive, because it was recognised that health services cannot be submitted to pure economic considerations. With this proposal for a new directive, the fears are that the Commission wants to reverse the situation and include health professions in the new directive.

The European Parliament committee IMCO (Internal Market and Consumer Protection) is responsible for the European Parliament position on the matter. Through rapporteur Andreas Schwab (EPP), it recommends that health professions are not included in the new directive. This point of view was also expressed by the committee EMPL (Employment and Social Affairs) in its opinion to the committee IMCO.

Current state of affairs: amendments have been introduced and the committee IMCO is working on its decision. Consequently, it is not yet known when the subject will be dealt with by the European Parliament in plenary session.

Link to the committee IMCO: Proportionality test before adoption of new regulation of professions


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