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Parliamentary questions
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27 November 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Nicola Danti
 Subject: Compatibility with EU legislation of some measures concerning regulation of health professions in Italy

Having regard to Directive 2006/123/EC and Directive 2013/55/EU;

whereas freedom of movement for workers, freedom of establishment and freedom to provide services are bedrock principles of the single market;

whereas in cases where there is no harmonisation, Member States are free to decide on regulation of professions, provided the national measures are transparent, non-discriminatory, justified and proportionate;

whereas duly justified smart regulation has positive effects on the internal market, ensuring a high level of consumer protection and services that are of a better quality; whereas, at the same time, unjustified barriers to professional services are detrimental to citizens’ fundamental rights and the Member States’ economies;

Paragraphs 525 and 526 of Article 1of Italian Law No 145 of 30 December 2018 (‘2019 budget law’) introduce new limits on advertisements providing information in the health field, and make it mandatory for private health facilities to employ a medical director registered on the rolls of the relevant medical council in the region in which they operate. Can the Commission confirm whether or not the provisions in these two paragraphs comply with the principles of non-discrimination and transparency, whether they are justified and proportionate, and whether or not they constitute a restriction on free competition?

Last updated: 10 December 2019Legal notice