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ARCHITECTS HAPPY WITH NEW PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS DIRECTIVE.

The Architects' Council of Europe (ACE) has welcomed the positive outcome of the European Parliament's May 11 vote on the draft Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications (see Europe Information 2961). The ACE has been closely involved in dialogue with the EU institutions throughout the entire legislative proceedings to ensure that architects' concerns were reflected in the different clauses of the proposed Directive.

The ACE had two principal concerns with regard to the new legislation which will amalgamate the provisions of 15 sector-specific Directives: to ensure that the 11 fundamental aptitudes and skills needed to maintain the highest quality of architectural education and training would be kept in the main text of the Directive and not relegated to one of the annexes; to ensure that the profession would be formally consulted on all questions relating to the application of the Directive provisions insofar as they affect the profession. These two main objectives were achieved in the text approved by the Parliament in plenary session. The ACE is now waiting for the result of the final step which is the examination of the parliamentary vote by the Council but the architects are confident that the text will be accepted as is.

The ACE is nevertheless waiting to see to what extent the adopted Directive will impact on the ongoing legislative debate on the draft Services Directive, particularly with regard to a derogation for architects from the country-of-origin principle.

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Publication:European Report
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Date:May 21, 2005
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