The European Commission is to send reasoned opinions to the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia for allowing only their own citizens to pursue the profession of notary. The Commission believes this nationality requirement is contrary to the EC Treaty rules on right of establishment and cannot be justified by the Treaty provision relating to the exercise of official authority, since notaries do not take decisions with regard to State authority. By applying Directive 89/48/EEC on the general system for the recognition of diplomas, EU Member States are able to ensure that prospective notaries possess the necessary knowledge of national law, and so the nationality requirement is no longer justifiable.