Krzystof Pesla v Justizministerium Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 2009-Case C-345/08,
qualification requirements-Article 39 EC (free movement of workers) and Directive 98/5. Concerned Germany�s refusal to grant access to a Polish national to serve as a legal trainee. The Court stated that, although Community law requires that the qualifications and the experience of a candidate who obtained his diploma in law in another Member State be fully taken into account, it does not require that the level of knowledge of national law be lowered for such a candidate. It notes that, in the absence of harmonisation at European Union level of the conditions of access to legal traineeships, Member States are entitled to lay down the knowledge and qualifications they require. However, in order to reconcile the national requirements so defined with the requirement that the fundamental freedoms guaranteed by Community law are capable of being exercised effectively, European Union law requires the authorities of a Member State, when assessing the application for admission of a national of another Member State, to carry out the examination of equivalence in the light of the academic and professional training and experience as a whole, before requiring a candidate to take an aptitude test. However, though Community law does not, of itself, require a lowering of the level of knowledge of the law of the host Member State, the Member States are also not deprived of the possibility of relaxing the relevant qualification requirements.