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  • This project is a continuation or the second stage of a similar survey under the title “Validation of competency requirements imposed on certain actors in the building process”. The subject of the project is to elaborate recommendations for a transparent and improved system for recognition of professions. On the one hand, a improved system should encourage to simplify procedures for recognition and to reduce bureaucracy in document processing. On the other hand, the recognition procedures have to be selective enough in order to separate and eliminate inadequate qualifications and thus to guarantee safety of construction works. In this regard it is apparently too early to eliminate completely regulated professions in the building sector. Obviously, obsession with simplification of procedures should not endanger safety of construction works. For that reason, finding balance between a sufficiently simple system and high level of safety should be a route leading to the solution, which meets expectations of all interested parties. The answer to the question to what degree the Working Group has succeeded in reaching that objective should be given by supervising authorities.

  • The global objective of the project is to promote increased transparency of recognition procedures, particularly making national systems easier to manage and more clear, quick and friendly to use, improving transparency of qualifications to ensure that customers can rely on a more comprehensive service.

  • Ministry of Education is the main authority for recognition of professional qualifications in Denmark. Administration of this process is carried out by the Minister for Education on the basis of the following legislative act: Assessment of Foreign Education Qualifications etc. Act (Consolidation Act), no. 371 of 13 April 2007.

  • Professions in the building area comply with the general procedures for recognition of professions and it is administered by the Ministry of Education and Research.

  • The answers presented here to the second questionnaire of the Action Plan are based on interviews of Finnish industry representatives. The government, association and university representatives were interviewed (eight persons in total) in order to gather a broader overview of the Finnish system and potential suggestions for the model of the whole region of Nordic dimension countries. While the interviewees found it easy to describe the current situation in Finland, it was considered very complicated to draw up a model for the Northern Dimension countries.

  • The Ministry of Environment (Umhverfisráðuneyti, www.umhverfisraduneyti. is), is responsible for the building law, regulations and specifications for the building authorities in different communities. The Ministry of Industry (Iðnaðarráðuneyti, www.idnadarraduneyti.is), has responsibility for certain issues such as giving permission for a person using some of the academic titles e.g. the title engineer.

  • The Ministry of Economics has overall responsibility for all matters connected with building sector, including recognition of qualification. Access to the building market is permitted only to companies, which have certified personnel (the full list of qualifications see in p.6) in the profile applied. Certification bodies authorised by Ministry of Economics issue certificates for these qualifications, as well as grant extension of validity and withdrawal of certificates. List of certification bodies, which are authorised for the certification market, is published in the central governmental periodical "Latvijas Vestnesis”. Competence of certification bodies is assessed according to the Latvian Law on Conformity Assessment and National standard (adapted from the identical European and International standard) LVS EN ISO/IEC 17024:2003, Conformity assessment — General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons. Certification procedures comprise general requirements covered by the standard mentioned above and specific criteria elaborated by each certification body in accordance with the profile applied for accreditation. Latvian National Accreditation Bureau (LATAK) is responsible for assessment of competence all certification bodies applying for operation in the certification market.

  • The Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania (hereafter referred to as the Ministry) is the executive body which performs its functions of construction sector's state management authorized by laws and other legal acts as well as coordinates the implementation of country's state policy in this field. The website address of the Ministry is www.am.lt.

  • Academic titles are not protected in Sweden. However, there are a number of authorities stating different demands, through legislation, or other kinds of regulations such as

  • According to the global objective of the project, national recognition systems should be easier to manage and more clear, quick and friendly to use by improving transparency of qualifications. Obviously, awareness of the existing situation, clearly presented as much as possible should provide a starting point to reach this objective. However, previous communications with representatives of the countries experienced a problem. Content and amount of data from different sources of information vary quite much. Alongside with very short wordings and references to legal acts, very lengthy descriptions took place.

  • Recognition system of Finland may provide a model for reproduction or at least a basis for elaboration of such a model for liberal recognition systems. The main benefit — this model may facilitate mobility of professionals, which is the key objective of the present project. Illustration of this example and interpretation of reasons more in details are as follows.

  • The subject of the Project relates to outstanding problem of all participating countries, because increasing exchange of labour force is unavoidable and problems have started already. Enlarged Europe and emerged court cases connected with opening the building market is sufficient evidence confirming the problem. Hence, inclusion of the Project in the overall Programme of Nordic Council of Ministers may be considered as a far-seeing decision.

  • This questionnaire is the first step towards execution of the Project and it is intended to review information already obtained in the framework of the Project’s first stage (see the Report “Validation of competency requirements imposed on certain actors in the building process“). The goal of this review is to exploit the information collected during the first stage study as much as possible. Presumably, results of the review would disclose deficiencies or insufficiency of information, lack of perceptibility. But even such result would be considered as assistance — a lesson how to improve performance at the next stage. Therefore, members of the Working Group are invited to update information in accordance with the current situation and latest developments, where appropriate. Exchange of information for this particular project is also proposed by means of an inquiry and the whole range of interests is divided in several constituents forming the questionnaire.