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2005 – 2009

20.11.2009 Free movement of services Commission takes action against United Kingdom (recognition of medical expenses) and Portugal (construction services) (IP/09/1763)
  Free movement of services Commission takes action against Germany (care insurance) and Cyprus (education services) (IP/09/1761)
29.10.2009 Free movement of services Commission takes action against Bulgaria (law firms), Luxembourg (medical tests) and Austria (bank accounts)(IP/09/1625)
  Internal Market Commission action leads to removal of unjustified restrictions in Austria (company establishment) and Germany (patent agents) (IP/09/1639)
08.10.2009 Free movement of services Commission takes action against Portugal (estate agents and patent agents), Belgium (access to service activities) and Spain (medical expenses) (IP/09/1474)
  Freedom of establishment Commission takes action against restrictions on estate agents’ activities in Cyprus (IP/09/1476)
  Freedom of establishment Commission action leads to removal of unjustified restrictions in Austria (casino advertising), France (bovine insemination) and Portugal (retail stores) (IP/09/1479)
25.06.2009 Free movement of services and freedom of establishment Commission takes action against Greece and Germany, closes case against Austria (IP/09/1002)
19.03.2009 Free movement of services Infringement procedure against Belgium (IP/09/440)
19.02.2009 Freedom of establishment and freedom to supply services Commission requests Bulgaria to submit observations on possible restrictions on the free movement of Community lawyers and law firms (IP/09/281)
  Freedom of establishment and freedom to supply services Nationality requirement for notaries: the Commission takes new steps to ensure compliance with the principle of non-discrimination in Portugal (IP/09/280)
29.01.2009 Freedom to provide services Infringement proceedings against Luxembourg (IP/09/153)
  Freedom of establishment Infringement proceedings against France over biomedical laboratories (IP/09/151)
  Inspection services Commission closes two cases against Germany following new national legislation (IP/09/187)
27.11.2008 Freedom of establishment and freedom to supply services Closure of a number of infringement proceedings (IP/08/1793)
  Freedom of establishment and freedom to supply services Fuel distribution: the Commission decides to close the proceedings against Italy  (IP/08/1792)
  Freedom of establishment and freedom to supply services Monopoly of collecting societies’ activities: infringement proceedings against the Czech Republic and Hungary (IP/08/1786)
  Pharmacies Infringement proceedings against Italy (IP/08/1785)
16.10.2008 Reimbursement of the cost of cross-border medical treatment Infringement proceedings against Spain, France, Luxembourg and Portugal  (IP/08/1517)
  Freedom to provide services Infringement proceedings against Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom  (IP/08/1518)
18.09.2008 Free movement of services Commission closes infringement procedure against Finland concerning company representatives  (IP/08/1363)
  Freedom of establishment for pharmacies Closure of infringement procedure concerning Hungarian fee for pharmaceutical sales representatives  (IP/08/1361)
  Free movement of services Infringement proceedings against Italy over extrajudicial debt recovery services shelved  (IP/08/1360)
  Free movement of services Infringement proceedings against France for obstructing online sales of optical products and glasses  (IP/08/1354)
  Freedom of establishment for pharmacies Infringement proceedings against Germany and Portugal (IP/08/1352)
26.05.2008 Free movement of services Infringement proceedings against Estonia and Portugal (IP/08/1033)
06.05.2008 Free movement of services Commission acts to ensure nine Member States implement EU laws (IP/08/688)
    Commission closes case against Austria regarding boiler inspection services (IP/08/690)
03.04.2008 Free movement of services Infringement proceedings against Austria (IP/08/508)
  Freedom of establishment Commission brings Spain before the Court of Justice (IP/08/507)
28.02.2008 Free movement of services Spain: reimbursement of the cost of hospital care required during a temporary stay in another Member State (IP/08/328)
  Free movement of services Commission acts to remove obstacles to provision of gambling services in Greece and the Netherlands (IP/08/330)
  Freedom of establishment Infringement proceedings against Portugal (IP/08/332)
31.01.2008 Free movement of services Free movement of services: Commission inquires into restrictions on the provision of certain gambling services in Sweden (IP/08/118)
  Free movement of services Commission inquires into restrictions on gambling services in Germany (IP/08/119)
  Freedom of establishment Commission inquires into restrictions on the establishment of retail facilities in Poland (IP/08/121)
  Free movement of services Infringement proceedings against Sweden (IP/08/122)
17.10.2007 Free movement of services Commission requests France to remove obstacles to provision of services by networks of audit firms (IP/07/1520)
  Freedom of establishment Commission closes proceedings instituted against France and Germany (IP/07/1519)
  Freedom of establishment The Commission asks Spain to amend its legislation governing large-scale distributors (IP/07/1518)
  Free movement of services Action against Italy for failure to comply with the Court’s judgment concerning extrajudicial debt recovery services (IP/07/1517)
  Free movement of services Infringement proceedings against Austria (IP/07/1516)
  Free movement of services Infringement proceedings against France (IP/07/1515)
18.07.2007 Free movement of services Infringement proceedings against Austria, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom (IP/07/1132)
27.06.2007 Internal market Belgium taken to the Court of Justice for hampering the posting of non-EU workers (IP/07/913)
  Freedom of establishment The Commission drops infringement proceedings against Italy concerning hydroelectric concessions (IP/07/912)
  Free movement of services Commission acts to remove obstacles to the provision of sports betting services in France, Greece and Sweden (IP/07/909)
  Free movement of services Infringement proceedings against Austria and Portugal (IP/07/905)
  Freedom of establishment Commission requests Portugal to amend its legislation on retail services (IP/07/904)
  Internal Market Commission inquires into discriminatory restrictions on the granting of dwelling authorisations in Ireland (IP/07/903)
  Internal market Infringement proceedings against Italy regarding service stations (fuel distribution) (IP/07/901)
21.03.2007 Free movement of services Commission acts to remove obstacles to provision of sports betting services in Denmark, Finland and Hungary (IP/07/360)
  Freedom of establishment Infringement proceedings against Austria (IP/07/362)
  Free movement of services Infringement proceedings against Austria, Spain and the United Kingdom (IP/07/354)
13.12.2006 Freedom of establishment Infringement procedures against Germany and Portugal (IP/06/1795)
  Freedom of establishment Infringement procedures against France (IP/06/1794)
  Free movement of services Infringement proceedings against France (IP/06/1793)
  Freedom to provide services Infringement proceedings against Italy (IP/06/1792)
  Free movement of services Infringement proceedings against Germany (IP/06/1791)
  Free movement of services Infringement proceedings against Austria (IP/06/1790)
12.10.2006 Free movement of services Commission inquires into restrictions on the provision of certain gambling services in Austria, France and Italy  
  Freedom to provide services and freedom of establishment Infringement procedures against Belgium, Germany, Greece and Spain (IP/2006/1355)  
28.06.2006 Freedom of establishment Infringement proceedings against Sweden and Greece (IP/06/890)  
  Freedom to provide services and freedom of establishment Infringement proceedings against Germany and Austria; progress in cases against France and Italy (IP/06/889)  
  Freedom of establishment Commission calls on Germany to modify its rules on use of the name "Sparkasse" (IP/06/870)  
  Freedom of establishment Infringement proceedings concerning Italy, Austria and Spain with regard to pharmacies (IP/06/858)  
19.04.2006 Freedom to provide services and freedom of establishment Infringement proceedings against France and the Netherlands (IP/06/505)  
04.04.2006 Free movement of services Commission inquires into restrictions on sports betting services in Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden (IP/06/436)  
21.12.2005 Freedom to provide services and freedom of establishment Infringement proceedings against Italy, Belgium and Luxembourg
  Internal Market Infringement proceedings regarding pharmacies in Italy and road testing in Germany; closure of cases against Italy, France, Belgium and Greece
17.10.2005 Internal Market Infringement proceedings against Austria, Finland, France, Italy, Greece, Portugal and Sweden
27.07.2005 Freedom to provide services and freedom of establishment Posting of workers from the new Member States: the Commission asks the Netherlands to put an end to unjustified restrictions
20.07.2005 Freedom to provide services and freedom of establishment Commission scrutinises Greek restrictions on media ownership
13.07.2005 Freedom to provide services and freedom of establishment Commission calls on France, Italy and Spain to amend their legislation on hydroelectric concessions
  Freedom to provide services and freedom of establishment Infringement proceedings against Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Finland and Spain
18.03.2005 Posting of workers The Commission asks Greece and the Netherlands to end unjustified restrictions

2004

21.12.2004

Patent agents

Extrajudicial debt collection

Inspections of pressure vessels

Awarding hydroelectric concessions

Private security services

Infringement proceedings against Italy, Austria, France and Luxembourg
28.10.2004

Medical laboratories

Artificial insemination services for bovines

Two infringement procedures against France
16.07.2004 Freedom to provide services and freedom of establishment Infringement procedures against Spain, Italy and France
12.07.2004 Trade fairs and patent agents The Commission asks Italy and Luxembourg to implement Decisions of the Court relating to trade fairs and patent agents
07.07.2004 Advertising Commission calls on France to lift ban on television advertising for publishing and the cinema
31.03.2004 Freedom to provide services Infringement proceedings against Germany and Austria
30.03.2004 Sports betting Commission inquires into Danish restrictions on sports betting
18.03.2004 Games The Advocate General takes the view that a German ban on the operation of a Laserdrome in which killing is simulated does not infringe Community law
18.03.2004 Health cure German legislation applying to civil servants and governing the reimbursement of expenditure in respect of a health cure is, in part, contrary to the freedom to provide services
08.01.2004 Hydroelectric concessions The Commission calls on Italy to amend its legislation on hydroelectric concessions

2003

18.12.2003 Free movement of services Infringement procedures against Italy, Luxembourg, France, Spain and Germany
22.07.2003 Electronic games The Commission challenges Greek legislation on electronic games
17.07.2003 Free Movement of Services The Commission pursues infringement proceedings against France, Ireland, Portugal and Belgium
13.05.2003 Trade fairs The Commission calls on Italy to implement a judgment of the Court of Justice on trade fairs
28.04.2003 Free Movement of Services Commission protects the free movement of goods and services in France, Italy and the Netherlands
13.03.2003 Cross-border bets The advocate general regards the italian prohibition on the taking of cross-border bets as contrary to the freedom to provide services
13.02.2003

Temporary employment agencies

Hauliers

Commission takes action to ensure Italy's compliance with two judgments of the European Court of Justice

05.02.2003 Establishment Commission asks Netherlands to review special powers in KPN and TPG
05.02.2003 Establishment Commission decides to pursue infringement case on Copenhagen Airports
05.02.2003 Establishment Commission decides to open infringement proceedings against Italy concerning privatised companies
13.01.2003 Workers from non-EU countries Luxembourg and Austria before the Court for obstacles to the posting of workers from non-EU countries
13.01.2003 Sales promotion Belgium brought before the Court of Justice for banning certain loyalty schemes

2002

17.10.2002 Freedom to provide services The Commission calls on France, Germany and Austria to comply with European law
23.09.2002 Temporary employment agencies Commission requests Belgium to respect the rights of European temporary employment agencies
18.07.2002 Medical analysis Commission asks Belgium to change conditions for reimbursement of medical analysis
04.07.2002 Private security services Commission refers Spain to Court of Justice for discrimination against non-Spanish companies
04.07.2002 Posting of workers Commission refers Germany to Court of Justice for discriminatory treatment of non-German businesses
16.04.2002 Free movement of services Infringement proceedings against Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and Austria
11.04.2002 Aerial work Infringement procedure against Italy in relation to aerial work

2000 – 2001

22.10.2001 Services and establishment Infringement procedures against France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal
31.07.2001 Secondment of workers Commission infringement procedure against Germany
01.03.2001

Patent agents

Hospital charges

Medical laboratories

Private security services

Opticians' shops

Infringement procedures against France, Portugal, Ireland, Austria and Greece
30.10.2000 Patent agents Commission decides to ask Belgium to lift restrictions on patent agents
09.03.2000 Television services Commission again warns Belgium over taxes on satellite dishes
13.01.2000 Performers' agents Barriers to performers' agents in France

1999

06.08.1999

Temporary employment agencies

Construction workers

Registration of companies

Patent agents

Commission decides to pursue infringement procedures against Italy, Germany, Portugal and Belgium
08.07.1999

Driving offences

Industrial gas cylinders

Training organisations

Commission decides to pursue infringement cases against Italy and France
02.07.1999 CDs Commission decides to refer Germany to the European Court of Justice over restrictions on direct marketing of CDs
30.06.1999 Banks Reasoned opinion sent to Italy concerning discriminatory practices when refunding tax credits
03.05.1999 Satellite dishes Commission decides to send reasoned opinion to Belgium concerning taxes on satellite dishes
28.04.1999 Temporary employment agencies Commission decides to send reasoned opinion to Italy concerning temporary employment agencies

1998

23.12.1998

Private security

Workers from another Member State

Consignors of goods

Fairs and exhibitions

Commercial agents

Aerial photography

Financial guarantee - lawyers

Construction companies

Construction workers

Commission decides to pursue infringement procedures against six Member States
16.10.1998 Entertainment industry Commission decides to send France a reasoned opinion
28.09.1998 Driving offences Commission decides to send the Italian Government a reasoned opinion for discriminating against drivers from other Member States
16.07.1998 CDs Commission decides to send Germany reasoned opinion on restrictions on direct marketing of CDs
03.07.1998

Secondment of workers

Modelling agencies

Private security activities

Private employment agencies

Patent agents

Real estate

Bed and board allowance

Social security contributions

Nine infringement cases relating to freedom to provide services against seven Member States
27.03.1998

Lawyers' fees

Workers of another Member State

Consignors of goods

Aerial photographs

Pressure equipment

Discrimination because of nationality and obstacles to freedom to provide services
07.01.1998

Private security services

Aerial photography

At least one Belgian member in "ASBLs"

Transfer payments

Road traffic consultants

Modelling agencies

Obstacles to freedom to provide services and freedom of establishment

1996 – 1997

25.07.1997

Patents

Lotteries

Property purchases

Commercial agents

Obstacles to freedom to provide services and freedom of establishment
24.07.1997 Diplomas Infringement proceedings against France and Italy
23.12.1996 Freedom to provide services and freedom of establishment Obstacles to freedom to provide services and freedom of establishment (Italy, Belgium, Germany)
14.11.1996 Aerial photography Infringement proceedings against Belgium for excessive restrictions
31.07.1996 Freedom to provide services and freedom of establishment Infringement proceedings against Belgium and Italy
31.07.1996 Diplomas Infringement proceedings against France concerning nurses and hairdressers
23.07.1996 Freedom to provide services and freedom of establishment Obstacles to freedom to pride services and freedom of establishment (Belgium, Italy and Luxembourg)
04.07.1996 Diplomas Infringement proceedings against France, Portugal, Spain, Germany and Italy
04.07.1996 Tourist guides Commission decides to send Italy a reasoned opinion for failing to give effect to a Court judgment
02.07.1996 Adverstising services Commission decides to send reasoned opinion to France

Last update: 05.12.2011