Liberalization in the Pharmacy Sector

The plenary session of the Greek Council of State has recently ruled on the applications for annulment, lodged by various stakeholders of the pharmacy sector against the Presidential Decree no. 64/2018 (“the PD”). The PD introduced the right to obtain a Pharmacy license without holding a pharmacist’s degree, subject to the conditions defined therein, thus leading to the liberalization and the opening up of said sector. The applicants were pharmacists, who until the PD’s enactment were the only ones entitled to issue a license to operate a pharmacy  in Greece. The Council of State, via successive decisions (Decisions no. 201-208/2020), rejected their applications on the following grounds:

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