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Politics of Free Movement in the European Union: Recognition and Transfer of Professional Qualifications

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This chapter investigates the politics of the recognition and transfer of professional qualifications among European Union (EU) member states. It analyzes the influence of various stakeholders in the regulations for the recognition of nursing qualifications in the EU when ten new member states joined in 2004. The chapter studies the political strategies of the European Commission, the national health authorities, an international nursing organization, and national nursing unions to better understand stakeholder involvement in the policymaking process. It studies migration policymaking at various scales. The chapter investigates these tensions at the supranational, national and regional scale to gain a deeper understanding of the recognition process for general care nurses in the EU. It discusses the events that informed the European Commission's decision on Polish nursing qualifications, the actors that were involved in the decision-making process, and attempts of Polish nursing organizations to contest this decision.

Keywords:European Union (EU); stakeholders: national health authorities



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