More than 70 percent of the recognition procedures for foreign professional qualifications obtained in EU member states end with a full equivalence. The positive recognition rate for the Netherlands is the highest as it reaches 94 percent. It is followed by Austria, Latvia, Hungary, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. More than 70 percent of the applicants, who were trained in Vietnam, Mexico, and Philippines received ruling with a compensatory measure, the completion of which was open at the end of the reporting year. Kosovo, Tunisia, Azerbaijan, and Brazil follow close behind. The vocational qualifications from Spain, Kazakhstan, and Iran have been decided on the basis of partial equivalence in above 25 percent of the cases.
Applications granted equivalence by country, 2019
For the exact number of applications processed, see figure below.
A vast number of applications come from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Syria, followed by Philippines and Serbia. Compared to the previous year, the number of Syrian professional qualifications applications has fallen slightly, while there has been a significant increase in applications from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and, especially, the Philippines. There is also a high number of completed recognition procedures for Romania, Albania, Poland, and Ukraine.
Applications processed by country, 2019