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Italy welcomes the ruling by the European Union Court on publishing recruitment competition notices in all the languages of the Union

Italy welcomes today’s ruling by the European Court on the need to publish recruitment competition notices, in full, in all the languages of the Union. Indeed, the Court considered that the obligation to sit selection tests in one of just three languages (English, French or German) was not justified.


Following the ruling of 27 November 2013, this is a further assertion of the principle that discrimination based on language must be avoided within the European Union.


As we have always said, this principle is a vital factor for the EU’s institutional legitimacy itself. We now expect the Commission to consider a review of the language arrangements currently in place for recruitment competitions, in what at this point is a clear and well-established legal framework. This will enable the many well-qualified young Italians who aspire to work in the Community institutions the chance to compete on an equal footing.