The European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht (NL) is organising again a set of training events on the recognition of foreign diplomas in the EU that will be held in Maastricht:

A 2-day seminar introducing newcomers to the problem of recognising foreign diplomas and the rules imposed by the EU in this field on anyone who has to examine a persons papers, diplomas and qualifications. This seminar takes place on November 12-13, 2007 

A 3-day colloquium presenting the progress of the transposition of the new Directive (2005/36/EC) and the challenges its implementation poses in practice, as well as reviewing recent case law here. This event is a continuation of EIPAs successful series of seminars on this issue and takes place on November 14 16, 2007.

This colloquium is designed for officials and specialists in the Member States who are involved in the transposition of Directive 2005/36/EC as well as those who deal with the process of permitting foreign professionals to practise, or specialists in migration involved in the field of free movement of professionals and services. In fact, apart from the issue of recognition of diplomas, this directive also deals with the provision of services abroad and is therefore, in fact, pre-empting the Services Directive.

Those who deal with that Directive, which proved to be so controversial in its initial version (the Bolkestein Proposal) need to be aware of this Directive as well. All these rules not only require an adaptation of procedures but also of mentality, i.e. the EU rules also impose a specific attitude/approach in these procedures.

Following recent rulings by the European Court of Justice, this event is now important for those developing and monitoring the formation of national education policies and their structure.

Recent relevant rulings by the European Court of Justice will also be distributed in an easy-to-read textbook enabling the participants to know exactly what the Court has ruled on a particular issue without the need to read through the whole judgment to find the relevant passage.

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