Professional Movement between Associations

Would you like to work as a landscape architect in another European country? What are the requirements? How does it work? IFLA Europe is there to help you!

IFLA Europe Presidents’ Council, with the full support of the IFLA Europe General Assembly held in Oslo (Norway) in October 2014, agreed the need for a more cohesive Federation that would strongly support the mobility of professionals in Europe. IFLA Europe is committed to working on improving the recognition of professional qualifications in order to help make labour markets more flexible, further liberalise the provision of services, encourage more automatic recognition of qualifications and simplify administrative procedures.

The creation of this proposed mechanism, establishes a process to assist professional migration for IFLA EU’s National Associations Members without interfering with the professional rules in each country, or with each National Association membership requirements.

“The rights of citizens to practise economic activities in another EU country is a fundamental right enshrined in the Treaty. However, within the limits of the Internal Market rules, each Member State is free to make access to a particular profession legally conditional upon the possession of a specific professional qualification which is traditionally the professional qualification issued on its national territory. This is an obstacle to the free movement of professionals in the European Union in so far as those qualified to practise the same profession in another Member State hold a different professional qualification, i.e. the qualification acquired in their own Member State. Consequently, the European institutions have established rules to facilitate the mutual recognition of professional qualifications between the Member States. This is the aim of Directive 2005/36/EC of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications. While this may facilitate recognition, in practice there isn’t one single solution for the recognition of professional qualifications within the European Union.

The Directive was supplemented by a code of conduct approved by the group of coordinators for Directive 2005/36/EC (composed of representatives from the Member States). This code explains good and bad national administrative practices with regard to the recognition of professional qualifications.


Form to assist the migration of professionally qualified landscape architects:

Other related documents:

Code of Conduct

Implementation of the Directive

by the EU Member States (Scoreboard)

by EEA / EFTA countries

Consolidated versions of the annexes of the Directive