The CEFTA Secretariat in co-operation with the World Bank organized the “Dialogue on Regional Mobility of Professionals in CEFTA“on 29 April 2014 in Brussels. The event aimed at promoting trade in services in the context of increased regional mobility by providing a forum for the participants to discuss the potential mechanisms and tools to facilitate the mobility of professionals across the region. The core of the debate was around the recognition of qualification in selected professional services, the temporary movement of natural persons from trade and migration perspective, labour schemes in other regional agreements and coordination of key stakeholders in implementation of commitments under SEE 2020 Strategy. The forum gathered around 35 participants from the responsible ministries in the CEFTA Parties, regional and international organisations such as the World Bank, European Commission, the OECD, ERI SEEE, IOM, WTO and the RCC.

Session 1:
Professional mobility in the context of economic growth and integration
Moderated by
Ms Renata Vitez, CEFTA Secretariat

Session 2:
The tools for achieving greater professional mobility in the CEFTA region:

Moderated by Ms. Alison Hook, Consultant UK

Mutual recognition of qualifications

  • The system of mutual recognition of professional qualifications in the European Union
    Mr Andras Zsigmond, Policy Officer, DG MARKT (Click here for the presentation)
  • Good practices in recognition of foreign qualifications and competences
    Ms Anna Platonova, IOM Brussels (Click here for the presentetion)
  • Recognition Conventions and Instruments in SEE
    Ms Vanja Ivosevic, ERI SEE (Click here for the presentetion)
  • The possible use of professional MRAs in the CEFTA region
    Ms Alison Hook, Consultant, UK (Click here for the presentation)
  • State of Play in the CEFTA Parties
    CEFTA Party representatives (Click below for individual presentations)

Session 3:
The tools for achieving greater professional mobility in the CEFTA region:

Moderated by Mr. Ilir Shabani, Chair of the CEFTA Working Group on Trade in Services

  • An introduction to mode 4 of the GATS
    Ms Antonia CARZANIGA, Counsellor, Trade in Services Division, WTO (Click here for the presentation)
  • Managing Movement and Temporary Stay of Labour Migrants – Policy & Implementation
    Ms Tanja DEDOVIC, Labor Migration and Human Development Coordinator, IOM Vienna (Click here for the presentation)
  • State of Play in the CEFTA Parties
    CEFTA Party representatives (Click below for individual presentations)

Session 4:
How to facilitate labour mobility at the regional level?

Moderated by Ms. Aleksandra Rakovic, Technical Expert, CEFTA Secretariat

  • Negotiating Mode 4 Access
    Ms Antonia CARZANIGA, Counsellor, Trade in Services Division, WTO (Click here for the presentation)
  • Regional and bilateral agreements on labour mobility: motives, objectives, challenges
    Mr. Jonathan CHALOFF, International Migration Division, OECD (Click here for the presentation)
  • Labour mobility facilitation: Challenges and Opportunities in South East Europe
    Mr. Nand Shani, RCC Senior Expert on Inclusive Growth
    Ms Marina MANKE, Regional Thematic Specialist for Labour Migration and Human Development, Vienna IOM                  (Click here for the joint presentation)

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