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The free movement of persons, which is one of the main objectives aimed at increasing mobility within the EU and is set forth in founding EC treaties, covers in addition to the free movement of workers, co-ordination of social security systems and civil rights also mutual recognition of qualifications.
To this end, Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications was adopted; it regulates the system of recognition of qualifications and enables EU Member State nationals to have access to and perform regulatedprofessions or activities in other Member States under the same conditions that apply to the nationals of the host Member State.


Directive 2005/36/ES, which came into force on 20 October 2007, consolidates and updates 15 previous directives covering all the rules of recognition, with the exception of certain professions regulated by specific sectoral directives (lawyers, activities in the field of toxic substances, insurance brokers, transport sector).


Further information or everything that may be of interest to you in relation to professional qualifications can be found in user’s guide – the document prepared for information purposes by the European Commission: “66 QUESTIONS, 66 ANSWERS”.

In the Republic of Slovenia, procedures of recognition of professional qualifications are regulated by the following legal instruments by which Directive 2005/36 is transposed into Slovenian legislation (in addition to other sectoral regulations):

  • Act Governing the Procedure of Recognising Qualifications of Nationals of EU Member States, the European Economic Area and Swiss Confederation Relating to Access to Regulated Professions and Professional Activities in the Republic of Slovenia (Uradni list RS, No 21/2002, 92/2007, 85/2009);
  • Rules on the procedure of recognition of qualifications of nationals of EU Member States, the European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation relating to access to regulated professions and professional activities in the Republic of Slovenia (Uradni list RS, No. 23/2008);
  • REGISTER of regulated professions or regulated professional activities in the Republic of Slovenia (October 2010).


CONTACT POINTfor mutual recognition of professional qualifications in the Republic of Slovenia


In accordance with Article 57 of Directive 2005/36/EC, the contact point in the RS is:

Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs
Kotnikova 28
1000 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 1 369 77 00 
Fax: +386 1 369 76 69
e-mail: ppk.mddsz(at)

It performs the following tasks:

  • provides applicants and contact points in other Member States of the EU, EEA and the Swiss Confederation with information relevant to the recognition procedure, including data on regulations governing social security and codes of professional ethics;
  • in cooperation with competent ministries, other competent authorities and contact points, it assists applicants in exercising their rights.

Contact points in other Member States:


For further information see:

  • DARJA ČOT, Head, Life Long Learning and Scholarship Section
    Phone: +386 1 369 76 73
    Fax: +386 1 369 76 69
    e-mail: darja.cot(at)






In the Republic of Slovenia, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology is in charge of the procedure, criteria and determining authorities for the recognition and assessment of foreign as well as for the assessment of national education, and the use of foreign vocational professional or academic title. For more information see the following websites: