Italy wins court battle over Italian in recruitment contests

Court says Italians "disadvantaged" because of language barrier

Italy wins court battle over Italian in recruitment contests

Brussels, September 12 - European Union-wide recruitment competitions should be posted in all the EU's languages and not only English, French and German, the European Court ruled Thursday in a case brought by Italy. Italy claimed victory in the case over a number of recruitment competitions, the notices for which were only published in English, French and German. Limiting the number of languages in which EU notices appeared violated the rights of other candidates who had "legitimate expectations" of fair treatment, the court in Luxembourg said. Anyone who did not speak one of the three languages used in such postings were "disadvantaged," said the court. Italy has staged a series of battles against efforts to limit the number of languages used in EU documents - at the expense of Italian and other languages - as part of efforts to cut massive translation costs.

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