Created on 10 January 2019

In the organization of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) in Tirana, Albania, on November 13 and 14, 2018, training for negotiating teams was held that will conduct negotiations on the Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications of Doctors of Medicine, Dentists, Architects and Civil Engineers between 6 economies of the Western Balkans. Training was the first step in the negotiation process, aimed at preparing negotiation teams for the process itself.

During the training, EU experts presented the concept of professional qualifications and the system of recognition of professional qualifications as outlined in EU Directive 2005/36 / E. Also, the concept of professional qualifications, in particular the differences in academic qualifications has been defined. In accordance with the EU Directive 2005/36 / EC on regulated professions, systems for the recognition of professional qualifications in accordance with EU Directive 2005/36 / EC have been presented.EU experts have defined the basic concepts of regulated professions, automatic recognition, basic logic and system, as well as the key concept outlined in the Directive - e.g. permanent or temporary establishment; automatic or general recognition; minimum training conditions, etc. The concept of minimum training conditions as a prerequisite for the automatic recognition model and implications for the curriculum of the relevant faculties, as well as the bodies involved and their roles in the systems of recognition of regulated professions were also presented. The participants presented their current national practices for the recognition of professional qualifications as well as the current education and training for individual professions. They assessed to what extent the current education and training are in line with the minimum training conditions set out in EU Directive 2005/36 / EC.

During the meeting, the concept for a database of regulated professions in WB6 was presented, citing roles and responsibilities, and a time frame for establishing a feedback database and discussion among participants. Training in Tirana was the first activity carried out in accordance with the agreed plan.

The expected outcome of the negotiations is the conclusion of the Mutual Recognition Agreement that would establish common rules for the recognition of professional qualifications for applicants with a professional qualification acquired in one of the countries of the Western Balkans, which will enable them to access and practice the profession in one of the economies of the signatories of the Agreement.

The negotiations and the expected agreement on mutual recognition of professional qualifications are part of a multi-year plan of action in the regional economic area (MAP REA), agreed last year by the prime ministers of the region in Trieste and will be finalized at the Summit in Poland in July 2019.