Directive 1977/249 - Council Directive 77/249/EEC to facilitate the effective exercise by lawyers of freedom to provide services

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Current status

This directive has been published on March 26, 1977, entered into force on March 24, 1977 and should have been implemented in national regulation on March 25, 1979 at the latest.

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Key information

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Council Directive 77/249/EEC of 22 March 1977 to facilitate the effective exercise by lawyers of freedom to provide services
 
Legal instrument Directive
Number legal act Directive 1977/249
Original proposal COM(1969)123
CELEX number i 31977L0249

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Key dates

Document 22-03-1977
Publication in Official Journal 26-03-1977; Special edition in Slovak: Chapter 06 Volume 001,Special edition in Estonian: Chapter 06 Volume 001,Special edition in Bulgarian: Chapter 06 Volume 001,Special edition in Latvian: Chapter 06 Volume 001,Special edition in Lithuanian: Chapter 06 Volume 001,OJ L 78, 26.3.1977,Special edition in Polish: Chapter 06 Volume 001,Special edition in Swedish: Chapter 06 Volume 001,Special edition in Greek: Chapter 06 Volume 001,Special edition in Romanian: Chapter 06 Volume 001,Special edition in Finnish: Chapter 06 Volume 001,Special edition in Hungarian: Chapter 06 Volume 001,Special edition in Maltese: Chapter 06 Volume 001,Special edition in Portuguese: Chapter 06 Volume 001,Special edition in Slovenian: Chapter 06 Volume 001,Special edition in Croatian: Chapter 06 Volume 009,Special edition in Czech: Chapter 06 Volume 001,Special edition in Spanish: Chapter 06 Volume 001
Effect 24-03-1977; Entry into force Date notif.
End of validity 31-12-9999
Transposition 25-03-1979; See Art 8
Notification 24-03-1977

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31977L0249

Council Directive 77/249/EEC of 22 March 1977 to facilitate the effective exercise by lawyers of freedom to provide services

Official Journal L 078 , 26/03/1977 P. 0017 - 0018

Finnish special edition: Chapter 6 Volume 1 P. 0196

Greek special edition: Chapter 06 Volume 1 P. 0249

Swedish special edition: Chapter 6 Volume 1 P. 0196

Spanish special edition: Chapter 06 Volume 1 P. 0224

Portuguese special edition Chapter 06 Volume 1 P. 0224

COUNCIL DIRECTIVE of 22 March 1977 to facilitate the effective exercise by lawyers of freedom to provide services (77/249/EEC)

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community, and in particular Articles 57 and 66 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Parliament (1),

Having regard to the opinion of the Economic and Social Committee (2),

Whereas, pursuant to the Treaty, any restriction on the provision of services which is based on nationality or on conditions of residence has been prohibited since the end of the transitional period;

Whereas this Directive deals only with measures to facilitate the effective pursuit of the activities of lawyers by way of provision of services ; whereas more detailed measures will be necessary to facilitate the effective exercise of the right of establishment;

Whereas if lawyers are to exercise effectively the freedom to provide services host Member States must recognize as lawyers those persons practising the profession in the various Member States;

Whereas, since this Directive solely concerns provision of services and does not contain provisions on the mutual recognition of diplomas, a person to whom the Directive applies must adopt the professional title used in the Member State in which he is established, hereinafter referred to as "the Member State from which he comes",

HAS ADOPTED THIS DIRECTIVE:

Article 1

  • 1. 
    This Directive shall apply, within the limits and under the conditions laid down herein, to the activities of lawyers pursued by way of provision of services.

Notwithstanding anything contained in this Directive, Member States may reserve to prescribed categories of lawyers the preparation of formal documents for obtaining title to administer estates of deceased persons, and the drafting of formal documents creating or transferring interests in land.

  • 2. 
    "Lawyer" means any person entitled to pursue his professional activities under one of the following designations: >PIC FILE= "T0010774">

Article 2

Each Member State shall recognize as a lawyer for the purpose of pursuing the activities specified in Article 1 (1) any person listed in paragraph 2 of that Article.

Article 3

A person referred to in Article 1 shall adopt the professional title used in the Member State from which he comes, expressed in the language or one of the languages, of that State, with an indication of the professional organization by which he is authorized to practise or the court of law before which he is entitled to practise pursuant to the laws of that State.

Article 4

  • 1. 
    Activities relating to the representation of a client in legal proceedings or before public authorities shall be pursued in each host Member State under the conditions laid down for lawyers established in that State, with the exception of any conditions requiring residence, or registration with a professional organization, in that State. (1)OJ No C 103, 5.10.1972, p. 19 and OJ No C 53, 8.3.1976, p. 33. (2)OJ No C 36, 28.3.1970, p. 37 and OJ No C 50, 4.3.1976, p. 17.
  • 2. 
    A lawyer pursuing these activities shall observe the rules of professional conduct of the host Member State, without prejudice to his obligations in the Member State from which he comes.
  • 3. 
    When these activities are pursued in the United Kingdom, "rules of professional...

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