Prishtina REA

Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications is an important part of the Internal Market of the EU. The alignment of the national legislation in Kosovo including the institutional structure with the EU Acquis on MRPQ will enable the citizens of Kosovo to practice their profession in another EU Member State after the accession of Kosovo to the EU. Furthermore, the EU directives on MRPQ are the basis for the Berlin process which will enable free movement of professionals in the Western Balkans countries.

HARMONIZATION

of the legislative and regulatory framework on the recognition of professional qualifications, and institutional set up

CAPACITY BUILDING

of public and private institutions to implement the recognition of professional qualifications

MAKING THE PROFESSIONAL

qualifications more visible and increasing the recognation awareness.

SUMMARY

The Internal Market is the foundation of the European Union. A territory without internal borders or regulatory obstacles to the free movement of goods, services, capital and people also known as the four basic freedoms. A well-functioning Internal/Single Market stimulates competition, aids trade, improves efficiency and raises quality.

One of the most important tools the EU has to promote and strengthen the Internal Market is to harmonize the rules at the level of EU such as the Services Directive 123/06/EC and the Professional Qualifications Directives 36/05 & 55/13/EC. It is critical that the EU Member States (MS) stimulate the development of the service economy and make better use of the potential of the Single Market for Services as they represent 2/3 of the EU economy and account for approximately 90% of job creation.

An important part of the obligations deriving from the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) between Kosovo and the EU is the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications (MRPQ), part of Chapter 3 Right of establishment and freedom to provide services. The SAA is the main legal document for the relations between Kosovo and the EU.

Free movement of professionals is one of the four basic freedoms and intrinsic part of the Internal Market. The alignment of the national legislation in Kosovo together with the institutional structure with the EU Acquis on MRPQ will enable the citizens of the Republic of Kosovo to practice their profession in another EU MS after the accession of Kosovo to the EU.

Furthermore, the EU directives on MRPQ are the basis for the Berlin process which will enable free movement of professionals in the Western Balkans countries (WB6).Currently there are MRPQ agreements for all seven sectoral professions for all WB6 countries.

The Project commenced on February 27 th , 2023 and will last 24 months. The project objective is harmonising the national legislation on mutual recognition of professional qualifications (MRPQ) with the EU Acquis. The lead beneficiary is the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), through the Division of Regulated Professions, Legal Department and the future National Point of Contact. There are other primary beneficiaries, relevant stakeholders as well as secondary beneficiaries since this chapter is very horizontal and involves many institutions.