Legal bases

Services directive

The Services Directive-this is directive 2006/123/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2006 on services in the internal market. The aim of the directive is to strengthen the European internal market. In particular, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) should be more easily able to grow beyond their national borders. This applies to all commercial, commercial, handicraft and freelance activities. Exceptions are among other activities in the areas of finance, health, transport, temporary agency work and private security services.

Article 6 of the Directive obliges Member States to ensure that service providers are able to handle all procedures and formalities necessary for the recording and the performance of their services through ' single points of contact '.

Professionnal qualification directive

The recognition of professional qualifications is dealt with in the directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and Council from 7. September 2005. The aim of the directive is to ensure a more efficient and transparent recognition of professional qualifications. In particular, EU citizens and EU citizens have made it easier to have their vocational training qualifications examined in Germany.

The directive thus contributes to the flexibility of labour markets, greater automatism in the recognition of professional qualifications and simplifies administrative procedures.

The directive has been amended by Directive 2013/55/EU. One of the changes in the directive Determines that all procedures and formalities under the Professional recognition directive can also be handled through the single point of contact.


EA Law

The EU Services Directive and the EU Professional recognition directive were transposed into national law in North Rhine-Westphalia with the law on the formation of single points of contact in North Rhine-Westphalia (EA-law NRW).

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