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Licensing Requirements for Professional Services
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Republic of Cyprus:

The recognition of skills and qualifications acquired by EU citizens in EU Member States is the responsibility of EU Member States, as per article 165 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU).  Similarly, recognition of skills and qualification earned in third countries is also a national responsibility.  For the ROC, the relative National Assistance Center, falls under the Department of Labor, of the Ministry of Labor, Welfare, and Social Insurance, and is responsible for the implementation of the Recognition of Professional Qualifications legislation.

However, the European Commission takes initiative to facilitate recognition procedures.  

For example:

  • Recognition of professional qualifications obtained in one Member State for the purposes of access and pursuit of regulated professions in another Member State is subject to Directive 2005/36.
  • Recognition of qualifications for academic purposes in the higher education sector, including school-leaving certificates is subject to the Lisbon Recognition Convention. The ENIC-NARIC network provides advice on (cross-border) recognition of these qualifications.

Recognition in other cases is assessed and granted (or denied) by the receiving educational provider or employer.  For them to be able to recognize skills and qualifications, an understanding of the level, content, and quality is needed.

The “Your Europe” website maintains a web page dedicated to helping citizens identify the regulated professions and what documents are needed for their recognition in each Member State. Please see: Recognition of Professional Qualification, and also, the European Commission’s guidance on the Free movement of professionals.