Germany: Formal process for the recognition of foreign education certificates extended
On 1 April 2012 a reform of the German recognition process for foreign education certificates came into force.
Under the new regime, foreigners of all nationalities are granted the right to request an evaluation of their education certificate. Decisions on the recognition of the certificates have to be issued within three months of the filing of the request.
Prior to the change, the possiblity for the recognition of education certificates had often been linked to the nationality of the applicant. While a general recognition process had been accessible for citizens of EU/EFTA-countries, no such process had been in place for citizens of many other jurisdictions.
Any Evidence-Based Deliberation:
|Is there anything in the public record to suggest that evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed measure was considered during official deliberations?|
|Is there any evidence that alternatives to the proposed measure were considered?|
|Is there anything in the public record that suggests that empirical evidence informed the comparison across the alternatives available to government?|
|Was such evidence identified?|
|Is such evidence publicly available?|
|Did the official decision-maker in question provide an explanation as to why a chosen measure was favoured over alternatives?|
|Is there any evidence to suggest that potentially affected trading partners were consulted before the measures were taken?|
|Is there any evidence that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that implementation of the initiative is transparent and non-discriminatory?|
|Did the government state its intention to review the measure within one year of implementation?|
Date of inception: 1 Apr 2012
GTA Evaluation: Green
Government Press Office. (2012). Anerkennungsgesetz tritt am 1. April in Kraft Available at http://www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de/html/de/362.php