Directive 1998/5 - Directive 98/5/EC to facilitate practice of the profession of lawyer on a permanent basis in a Member State other than that in which the qualification was obtained

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Current status

This directive has been published on March 14, 1998, entered into force on the same day and should have been implemented in national regulation on March 14, 2000 at the latest.

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Key information

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Directive 98/5/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 1998 to facilitate practice of the profession of lawyer on a permanent basis in a Member State other than that in which the qualification was obtained
 
Legal instrument Directive
Number legal act Directive 1998/5
Original proposal COM(1994)572 EN
CELEX number i 31998L0005

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Key dates

Document 16-02-1998
Publication in Official Journal 14-03-1998; Special edition in Bulgarian: Chapter 06 Volume 003,Special edition in Polish: Chapter 06 Volume 003,Special edition in Lithuanian: Chapter 06 Volume 003,Special edition in Croatian: Chapter 06 Volume 009,Special edition in Maltese: Chapter 06 Volume 003,Special edition in Estonian: Chapter 06 Volume 003,Special edition in Czech: Chapter 06 Volume 003,OJ L 77, 14.3.1998,Special edition in Latvian: Chapter 06 Volume 003,Special edition in Hungarian: Chapter 06 Volume 003,Special edition in Slovak: Chapter 06 Volume 003,Special edition in Slovenian: Chapter 06 Volume 003,Special edition in Romanian: Chapter 06 Volume 003
Effect 14-03-1998; Entry into force Date pub. See Art 17
Deadline 14-03-2000; See Art 14
14-03-2008; See Art 15
End of validity 31-12-9999
Transposition 14-03-2000; At the latest See Art 16

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31998L0005

Directive 98/5/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 1998 to facilitate practice of the profession of lawyer on a permanent basis in a Member State other than that in which the qualification was obtained

Official Journal L 077 , 14/03/1998 P. 0036 - 0043

DIRECTIVE 98/5/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 16 February 1998 to facilitate practice of the profession of lawyer on a permanent basis in a Member State other than that in which the qualification was obtained

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 49, Article 57(1) and the first and third sentences of Article 57(2) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission (1),

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

Acting in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 189b of the Treaty (3),

  • (1) 
    Whereas, pursuant to Article 7a of the Treaty, the internal market is to comprise an area without internal frontiers; whereas, pursuant to Article 3(c) of the Treaty, the abolition, as between Member States, of obstacles to freedom of movement for persons and services constitutes one of the objectives of the Community; whereas, for nationals of the Member States, this means among other things the possibility of practising a profession, whether in a self-employed or a salaried capacity, in a Member State other than that in which they obtained their professional qualifications;
  • (2) 
    Whereas, pursuant to Council Directive 89/48/EEC of 21 December 1988 on a general system for the recognition of higher-education diplomas awarded on completion of professional education and training of at least three years' duration (4), a lawyer who is fully qualified in one Member State may already ask to have his diploma recognised with a view to establishing himself in another Member State in order to practise the profession of lawyer there under the professional title used in that State; whereas the objective of Directive 89/48/EEC is to ensure that a lawyer is integrated into the profession in the host Member State, and the Directive seeks neither to modify the rules regulating the profession in that State nor to remove such a lawyer from the ambit of those rules;
  • (3) 
    Whereas while some lawyers may become quickly integrated into the profession in the host Member State, inter alia by passing an aptitude test as provided for in Directive 89/48/EEC, other fully qualified lawyers should be able to achieve such integration after a certain period of professional practice in the host Member State under their home-country professional titles or else continue to practise under their home-country professional titles;
  • (4) 
    Whereas at the end of that period the lawyer should be able to integrate into the profession in the host Member States after verification that the possesses professional experience in that Member State;
  • (5) 
    Whereas action along these lines is justified at Community level not only because, compared with the general system for the recognition of diplomas, it provides lawyers with an easier means whereby they can integrate into the profession in a host Member State, but also because, by enabling lawyers to practise under their home-country professional titles on a permanent basis in a host Member State, it meets the needs of consumers of legal services who, owing to the increasing trade flows resulting, in particular, from the internal market, seek advice when carrying out cross-border transactions in which international law, Community law and domestic laws often overlap;
  • (6) 
    Whereas action is also justified at Community level because only a few Member States already permit in their territory the pursuit of activities of lawyers, otherwise than by way of...

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