Agreement reached on the "Anerkennungs- und Bewertungsgesetz" (Recognition and Evaluation Act)
After two years of negotiations and preparatory work undertaken by the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, agreement has now been reached with the relevant ministries (the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Education and Women’s Affairs) on the Anerkennungs- und Bewertungsgesetz (Recognition and Evaluation Act), which was adopted at today’s Ministerial Council meeting.
Around a quarter of those born abroad and currently employed in Austria are in jobs for which they are overqualified, with more women than men holding such jobs. Also, many among the high number of refugees already have professional qualifications. With a view to facilitating their participation in the Austrian labour market and fostering employment that matches peoples’ training, education and skills, it is thus necessary to improve the existing conditions for recognition of professional qualifications.
For this reason, the Anerkennungs- und Bewertungsgesetz (AuBG, Recognition and Evaluation Act) includes special provisions and procedures with respect to refugees who, because they had to flee, are no longer able to submit documents that provide official proof of their qualifications. It defines evaluation procedures at all training levels and adapts deadlines to the relevant EU standards. With the provision of the recognition portals and the counselling centres that have been established across Austria, it introduces important services and defines new transparency criteria for uniform recording of statistical data on all applications and decisions.
In Austria, people are thus not evaluated based on their background, language, religion or culture, but rather on what they are willing to do and the extent to which they contribute to successful coexistence. “It is important to facilitate, call for and recognise performance in order to ensure comprehensive participation by all citizens in our society”, Minister for Integration Sebastian Kurz concluded.
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