Angela Merkel visited IHK FOSA to find out more about the equivalence assessment process

On April 16, 2015 German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foreign Skills Approval (IHK FOSA) in Nuremberg. On her trip Federal Chancellor was accompanied by Johanna Wanka, the Federal Minister of Education and Research.

 The IHK FOSA is the national competence center of  77 German chambers of industry and commerce for the assessment of foreign professional qualifications. Mrs. Merkel and Mrs. Wanka gained a first hand impression about the issues the assessment authorities face daily. Furthermore, they participated in the discussions with the applicants, companies, representatives of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees and of the Federal Employment Agency. Angela Merkel stressed once more the significance of the Recognition Act: "Everybody who comes from abroad has a right today to have her or his professional qualification assessed and fully or partially recognized. A great many people can benefit from this and at the same time we can secure supply of skilled workers."

Further information [in German].