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Freedom of establishment and freedom to provide services: Commission requests BULGARIA to respect EU rules

Today, the European Commission has requested Bulgaria to respect EU rules on freedom of establishment and free movement of services (Articles 49 and 56 Treaty on the Functioning of the EU and Articles 15 and 16 of Directive 2006/123/EC on services in the internal market). Bulgaria sets minimum tariffs for services provided by veterinarians which restrict freedom of establishment and freedom to provide services for foreign service providers. Under this Act, every year the Bulgarian authorities set the minimum prices for veterinary activities excluding activities on the control, eradication and prevention of animal diseases. If Bulgaria does not abolish the scale of minimum tariffs for veterinarians, market access will continue to be significantly restricted as it prevents new operators entering the market from competing on the price of veterinary services. This eventually denies customers from acquiring services at another price. So far this tariff requirement has not been repealed and the Commission therefore requests Bulgaria, in the form of a reasoned opinion, to take action to fully comply with EU rules. If the Bulgarian authorities fail to act within two months, the Commission may refer the case to the EU Court of Justice.

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