Action brought on 10 March 2006 - Abarca Montiel and Others v Commission
Language of the case: French
Applicants: Sabrina Abarca Montiel and Others (represented by: L. Vogel, lawyer)
Defendant: Commission of the European Communities
Form of order sought
Annulment of the decision of the authority authorised to conclude contracts of employment (AACC) of 21 November 2005 rejecting the complaints made by the applicants on various dates between 26 July 2005 and 17 August 2005, criticising the administrative decisions which fixed the grading and remuneration of each of the applicants and also criticising Article 7 of the decision adopted by the College of Commissioners on 27 April 2005 containing the 'General implementing provisions for the transitional measures applicable to staff employed by the Office for Infrastructure in Brussels in the day nurseries and kindergartens in Brussels' (GIP) and Annexes I and II to that decision;
also, in so far as necessary, annulment of the decisions against which the abovementioned complaints were directed;
an order that the Commission of the European Communities is to pay the costs.
Pleas in law and main arguments
The applicants, who are currently contract staff working in the day nurseries and kindergartens in Brussels, were already performing the same work under employment contracts subject to Belgian law before they were appointed as contract staff. They dispute their grading and their remuneration fixed by the defendant on their appointment as contract staff.
In the first plea in law of their application, the applicants submit that by application of the GIP and other provisions relating to the Commission's contract staff, they should have been graded in function group III instead of in function group II, in view of their qualifications and their length of service.
In the second plea in law, the applicants complain, inter alia, that they have not benefited from the minimum remuneration laid down in Article 6 of the GIP.
In the third plea in law, the applicants claim infringement of Article 2(2) of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants (CEOS), of the Memorandum of Agreement concluded on 22 January 2002 between the Commission and the delegation of the staff of the day nurseries and kindergartens on contracts governed by Belgian law, of the principle of non-discrimination and of the general principles applicable in social security matters. In particular, calculation of the remuneration to be guaranteed to the applicants should not have taken child allowances into account.____________