Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch collates information on the responses of government and social partners to the COVID-19 crisis, the war in Ukraine, rising inflation, as well as gathering examples of company practices aimed at mitigating the social and economic impacts.
Factsheet for measure EU-2022-15/2338 – measures in European Union
|Country||European Union , applies eu-wide (or beyond)|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 05 April 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Non-binding recommendations or other texts|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Smoothing frictions or reallocation of workers
|Author||Barbara Surdykowska and Eurofound|
|Measure added||19 May 2022 (updated 21 June 2022)|
In connection with Russia's invasion of Ukraine, more than four million people fled the war and sought protection in the the EU. Once their most pressing needs are met, the key issue is ensuring these people have access to the jobs which they are qualified for. In order to improve these actions, on 5 April 2022 the Commission has published a Recommendation on the recognition of academic and professional qualifications of people fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Its main purpose is to provide guidance and practical advice to Member States' authorities to ensure a fast, fair and flexible recognition process.
The recognition of professional qualifications has been laid down in Directive 2005/36/EC enabling the free movement of specific categories of professionals (such as doctors or architects) within the EU.
In particular, the following relevant recommendations to Member States are included in the Commission document:
No information available to date.
||Applies to all businesses||
Migrants or refugees
EU (Council, EC, EP)
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The recommendation was not consulted with the social partners, however, its implementation in individual Member States may surely be the subject of such consultations at the national level.
The European social partners did not take a position on this matter.
Eurofound (2022), EU: Faster and simpler recognition of refugees' professional qualifications, measure EU-2022-15/2338 (measures in European Union), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/EU-2022-15_2338.html
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