Litigation Recent Decisions 17/09/96

Providing hairdressing services in the EC

Ministere Public v Aubertin Joined Cases C-29-35/94 (1996).

CJEC (Fourth Chamber)

Summary: Validity of French law requiring hairdressers to have diplomas if they are French but permitting hairdressers from other member states to operate salons without diplomas.

Reference to the European Court of Justice concerning two French citizens who were operating hairdressing salons without possessing the qualifications required under French law or employing a qualified manager. They argued that they were being discriminated against under French law because foreign nationals were not required to possess any diplomas if they had practised hairdressing in another member state for a certain period of time.