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Internal Market: Liechtenstein fails to comply with EFTA Court judgment



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Liechtenstein fails to comply with the EFTA Court's judgment in a case concerning the freedom of a “Dentist” to work on a self-employed basis. This is the conclusion of a reasoned opinion sent to Liechtenstein by the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) today.

The qualification referred to in German as “Dentist” could be obtained in Austria until 31 December 1975. A person with this qualification can only perform a limited number of dental services in comparison with a fully qualified dental practitioner.

ESA first opened a case concerning the matter in 2011. The case ended before the EFTA Court, which held, on 31 March 2015, that Liechtenstein violated the freedom of establishment by requiring persons previously trained as a “Dentist” to work under the supervision, instruction and responsibility of a fully qualified dental practitioner (“Zahnarzt”). 

Although Liechtenstein had earlier attempted to remedy the problem, the breach of EEA law as established by the EFTA Court persists to this day. In the new infringement proceedings at hand, ESA strives to ensure swift compliance with the Court's ruling.

Delivering a reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. ESA may decide to bring the matter before the EFTA Court if Liechtenstein fails to take satisfactory measures within two months of receiving the reasoned opinion.

 For further information, please contact:

Ms. Ásdís Ólafsdóttir
Communication Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 97
mob. (+32)(0)490 57 63 49 

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