Commission Moves Forward with Bulgarian Bar Act Case

The European Commission has decided to move forward with the Bulgarian Bar Act case and has sent a reasoned opinion saying that some provisions of Bulgarian legislation relating to lawyers constitute a violation of the freedom of establishment of lawyers and law firms in Bulgaria as enshrined in Article 43 EC and also infringe Directive 98/5/EC, which aims 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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