On 27 June 2013, George Arestis, Judge at the Court of Justice of the EU, delivered a judgment in the case Nasiopoulos (C-575/11) on Freedom of movement for persons. Mr Nasiopoulos, a Greek national, obtained, in Germany, after a training period of two and a half years, a qualification entitling him to exercise the profession of medical masseur-hydrotherapist (‘Masseur und medizinischer Bademeister’). That profession is not regulated in Greece. The nearest profession is that of physiotherapist, for which the minimum training is three years. For that reason, the Greek Ministry of Health rejected the application made by Mr Nasiopoulos for access in that State to the profession of physiotherapist. The Simvoulio tis Epikratias (Council of State, Greece) asked the Court of Justice whether the principle of freedom of establishment allows national legislation which excludes partial access to the profession of physiotherapist to be granted to a national of a Member State who has obtained, in another Member State, a qualification, such as that of masseur-hydrotherapist, which authorizes him to carry out, in that second Member State, some of the activities coming under the profession of physiotherapist.
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