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Judgment of the Court (Grand Chamber) of 26 March 2019 — European Commission v Italian Republic, Republic of Lithuania

(Case C-621/16 P) 1

(Appeal — Rules on languages — Open competition for the recruitment of administrators — Notice of competition — Administrators (AD 5) — Administrators (AD 6) in the field of data protection — Knowledge of languages — Restriction of the choice of language 2 of the competitions to English, French and German — Language of communication with the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) — Regulation No 1 — Staff Regulations — Discrimination based on language — Justification — Interests of the service — Judicial review)

Language of the case: Italian


Applicant: European Commission (represented by: L. Pignataro-Nolin and G. Gattinara, acting as Agents)

Other parties to the proceedings: Italian Republic (represented by: G. Palmieri, acting as Agent, and by P. Gentili, avvocato dello Stato), Republic of Lithuania

Intervener in support of the defendant: Kingdom of Spain (represented by: M.J. García-Valdecasas Dorrego, acting as Agent)

Operative part of the judgment

The Court:

Dismisses the appeal;

Orders the European Commission to bear its own costs and to pay those incurred by the Italian Republic;

Orders the Kingdom of Spain to bear its own costs.


1 OJ C 46, 13.2.2017.