BRUSSELS, BEL. – The European Union (EU) and Canada have concluded negotiations for a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) and for the first time will recognize professional qualifications of architects on both sides of the Atlantic.
The agreement, signed March 10, will remove most of the bureaucratic obstacles for EU architects seeking to provide their services in Canada and vice-versa for Canadian architects, allowing them to work almost as freely as they would at home, indicates a release issued by the European Commission.
Once the MRA is signed and comes into effect, architects meeting certain qualification- and experience-based criteria will have their qualifications recognized by the European and Canadian authorities. Both EU and Canadian architects will have to register with the local authorities to get permission to work and EU architects in Canada will additionally have to complete a one-off 10-hour course, adds the release.
“The MRA is planned to come into effect in early 2023, and once it does, it will be a regulatory breakthrough for the EU,” states the release. “This MRA is the first of its kind which the EU has negotiated. Its successful conclusion could lead to more MRAs, and the creation of new business opportunities, in the future.”
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