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Recognition of professional qualifications

Croatia's accession to the European Union on 1st July 2013 signalled the application of the provisions of the Act on Regulated Professions and Recognition of Foreign Professional Qualifications (Official Gazette, 124/2009, 45/2011 and 82/2015) that regulate the question of recognition of foreign professional qualifications in the Republic of Croatia for the purpose of establishment and free provision of services on a temporary and occasional basis in the Republic of Croatia on the basis of foreign professional qualifications.

This Act stipulates that, starting from 1st July 2013, all those who want to provide services within a regulated profession in the Republic of Croatia (List of regulated professions in the Republic of Croatia – in Croatian), and have acquired their professional qualification abroad, have to contact the competent authority (professional associations (chambers) or competent ministries) which grants access to that regulated profession in the Republic of Croatia, and apply for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications.

In accordance with this Act, the National ENIC/NARIC Office was designated the Assistance centre for providing information on the recognition of professional qualifications.

Act on Regulated Professions and Recognition of Foreign Professional Qualifications has been harmonised with the Directive 2005/36/EC, which guarantees that persons who have acquired their professional qualifications in a Member State have access to the same profession and can pursue it in another Member State with the same rights as nationals. The aim of the Directive is to improve the rules of existing qualification recognition systems in light of experience, and at the same time preserve the principles and safeguards for the freedom of establishment built into those systems.

 

 

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