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On 4 December 2017 the European Parliament’s IMCO committee took the vote on its position on the Proportionality Directive. On the crucial issue of the exemption of health professions from the Directive, the proposal was defeated by 20 votes to 15. The European Parliament will therefore now go into negotiations with the Council without a clear mandate to exempt health professions. There are however a number of declarations on the special status of health professions, which may help to mitigate the Directive’s impact. While we greatly regret the outcome, we nonetheless took note that the vote was very close and a number of MEPs must have supported the exemption of health professions against their party’s line.