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Judgment of the Civil Service Tribunal (Third Chamber) of 19 July 2016 — Earlie v Parliament

(Case F-130/14) 1

(Civil service — Official — Former official — Sums deducted from his retirement pension — Maintenance payable to the ex-wife of the former official — Attachment order adopted by a national court — Attachment order discharged— New order requiring the former official to instruct the Parliament to pay the maintenance to his ex-wife — Instructions to that effect by the former official — Subsequent instructions from the former official to cease the payments to his ex-wife — Parliament’s refusal to execute the instructions — Family law — Exclusive jurisdiction of the national court — Duty of sincere cooperation)

Language of the case: English


Applicant: Thomas Earlie (Seville, Spain) (represented by: D. Bergin, solicitor)

Defendant: European Parliament (represented by: M. Dean and M. Ecker, acting as Agents)

Intervener in support of the defendant: Mary Earlie Gibbons (Dublin, Ireland) (H. Millar, solicitor)


Application for annulment of the decision to deduct from the applicant’s pension the amount of maintenance the applicant is obliged to pay to his former wife, that being a decision which, according to the applicant, infringes a judgment of a national court in divorce proceedings and an application for damages in respect of the material and non-material harm allegedly suffered.

Operative part of the judgment

The Tribunal:

Dismisses the action;

Declares that Mr Earlie shall bear his own costs and orders him to pay the costs incurred by the European Parliament;

Declares that Ms Earlie Gibbons shall bear her own costs.


1 OJ C 34, 2.2.2015, p. 52.