Mrs. Rita Baeten (whom many of you will remember from early the days of the revision of the Qualifications Directive). Mrs Baeten now works for the European Social Observatory and her article argues that health professionals should be exempt from the proposed proportionality directive for regulated professions.
She argues further that a specific approach is needed for the application of the free movement rules to national regulation of health professions. The Opinion paper advocates the exclusion of health professions from the scope of the current Commission proposal. To avoid a situation where health policies are defined by Courts instead of by policy makers, this exclusion should be accompanied by a specific legal framework applying the free movement rules to national regulation on health professions and health services.