Created on 27 May 2019

The Fifth Negotiations Meeting concerning Agreement on Recognition of Professional Qualifications for Doctors of Medicine, Dentist, Architects and Civil Engineers was held in Brussels on 14 May 2019, in organization of RCC (Regional Cooperation Council). Delegations of six economies from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo (the name defined with the UN Resolution 1244 from 1999) participated at the meeting.

Brussels Fifth Negotations Meeting Regulated Professions in WB6Brussels Fifth Negotations Meeting Regulated Professions in WB6 2Aiming to encourage the mobility of professionals, delegations of 6 economies tried to find best soulutions for recognition of mentioned 4 professions before the the Sixth Annual Berlin Process Summit in the Polish city of Poznań, which will take place on 4 and 5 July 2019. Although there is only one month left before the Meeting in Poznan, some crucial issues are still opened.

The main issue which will be very hard to negotiate is related to whether the agreement will be signed as a stand alone agreement or as an agreement within CEFTA (Central European Free Trade Association). There are different opinions between economies so that delegations will need additional consultations in their countries.

The second very important issue is the scope of the agreement, that is, whether the agreement concernes only the citizens of this 6 economies or the citizens of the EU will be concerned too.

The third issue is the language barrier, which hasn't been discussed during the meeting. Most of economies share the opinion that some level of language is required, depending on profession.

An additional issue for Bosnia and Herzegovina concerns status of higher education insititutions, because the Agreement includes only public higher education institutions, but in Bosnia and Herzegovina there is no division of higher education institutions to public and private.

Until the Poznan Summit, two additional meetings in June should be held, but all delegations and RCC representatives are aware of the fact that the shedule is very tight and everything will be very demanding, especially because of complex economies’ approval procedures if the agreement would be signed.