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Parliamentary questions
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28 August 2017
Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-003590/2017

The Commission proposal on a directive for a proportionality test(1) to be carried out before the adoption of new regulation or introduction of amendments to any existing one, covers all requirements for access and pursuit of a regulated profession in the Member States, also including health professions.

The regulatory criteria and requirements listed in Article 6 of the proposed Directive are neutral and aim at guiding Member States in the assessment of the proportionality in the light of the case law of the Court of Justice (e.g. Case C-570/07 Blanco Perez)(2). Such an assessment should take into account both the specificities of each profession and the public interests to be protected, such as public health.

In that respect, it is not necessary for the Commission to ring-fence specifically health professions or any other profession. The specificities of each and every profession can always be taken into account by the Member States, including the professions referred to by the Honourable Member, when regulating in a justified and proportionate manner.

(1)COM(2016) 822 final.
(2)In particular recitals 3 and 8 to the proposal.

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