14. Recognition of EU professional qualifications.

In order to make it easier for persons to take up and pursue activities as self-employed persons, the Council of the European Union must issue directives for the mutual recognition of diplomas, certificates and other evidence of formal qualifications1. In the case of the medical profession, allied professions and the pharmaceutical profession, the progressive abolition of restrictions is dependent upon co-ordination of the conditions for their exercise in the various member states2. A directive has been issued to facilitate the free movement of persons with professional qualifications whilst maintaining the principles and safeguards underlying the profession3. The directive has