The Court of Justice of the European Union this Wednesday gave Spain and Italy the reason again in an appeal against the appeal of objections to the European institutions that restrict the three working languages in the EU – English, French and German – the languages in which the application process can be completed as these are discriminatory procedures which exclude the remaining official languages in the EU, including Spanish and Italian.
The European Justice is therefore canceling a call for staff selection for the European Commission and the European Anti-Fraud Agency (OLAF), which was launched in May 2016 and was later challenged by Spain and Italy, who in the past have canceled two other calls have made it.
In order to be able to access the offer published in 2016, applicants had to have knowledge of two languages. On the one hand, thorough knowledge of one of the 24 official languages of the EU and, on the other hand, sufficient knowledge (level B2) of German, English or French (second language); the second language must be different from the first and also the one used to fill in the form, to decide on the selection process.
The Luxembourg-based Court of Justice considers that the restriction of applicants’ choice of the second language to a limited number of languages - English, French and German – constitutes “discrimination on the basis of language”, which the Statute does banned by European officials.