Cyprus and three other EU countries have been given two months by the European Commission to comply with the services directive in the area of regulated professions, it was announced on Thursday.
According to a statement, the Commission “is taking further steps in its infringement procedures against Austria, Cyprus, Germany, and Poland on the grounds that their national rules include excessive and unjustified obstacles in the area of professional services.”
Despite consultations, the Commission continued to consider that requirements imposed on certain service providers in the four countries violated the Services Directive (2006/123/EC).
The action concerned seat requirements for patent attorneys, legal form and excessive shareholding requirements for architects, engineers, patent attorneys and veterinarians, and restrictions on multidisciplinary companies for architects, engineers and patent attorney in Austria; shareholding requirements for all engineering professions, including civil engineers and architects in Cyprus; minimum and maximum tariffs for architects and engineers in Germany and minimum tariffs for patent agents in Poland.
The Commission’s request to Austria, Cyprus, Germany, and Poland takes the form of a reasoned opinion.
“Member States now have two months to notify the Commission of measures taken to remedy the situation; otherwise, the Commission may decide to refer them to the Court of Justice of the EU.”