In line with the case law of the EU Court of Justice, the European Commission considers that comparable working periods acquired in other Member States should be taken into account in the same way as is applied to working periods acquired in the Maltese system.
The request takes the form of a 'reasoned opinion' under EU infringement procedures. Malta now has two months to inform the Commission of measures it has taken to bring its legislation into line with EU law. Otherwise, the Commission may decide to refer Malta to the EU's Court of Justice.
With the exception Member States being able to reserve certain public service posts for their own nationals (those which involve the exercise of public authority and the responsibility for safeguarding the general interest of the State, e.g. policemen, judges), EU law on free movement of workers applies fully to public sector workers. As teachers do not fall within this exception, they have to be treated in the same way as national teachers in accessing posts and the setting of working conditions.
Free movement of workers
Employment in the public sector
Commission Staff Working Document 'Free movement of workers in the public sector'
See also MEMO/11/646