EC Complains to Luxembourg over Bulgaria Qualifications
The European Commission has backed up Bulgaria by complaining to Luxembourg regarding the country's non-recognition of Bulgarian qualifications.
The European Commission has decided to send Luxembourg a letter of formal notice under Article 228 of the EC Treaty regarding its failure to execute a 2008 judgment of the European Court of Justice, the European Commission representation in Bulgaria informed.
This judgment concerned the non-communication of measures taken to implement a EC directive, which provides for technical adaptations to the Directives on professional qualifications further to the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the European Union on 1 January 2007.
It updates, amongst others, all the lists of qualifications which benefit from automatic recognition by completing them with the corresponding Bulgarian and Romanian qualifications, vesti.bg reported.
The deadline for transposing the EC directive expired on 1 January 2007. Luxembourg has still not brought into force all the necessary provisions.
As long as the directive is not implemented into national law, professionals holding Bulgarian or Romanian qualifications risk enduring needlessly bureaucratic and slow procedures before being able to exercise their right to work anywhere in the European Union.
Following the judgment, the Luxembourg authorities have changed one measure concerning lawyers which is, however, not sufficient to fulfill the Directive in question.
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