Request for a preliminary ruling from the Juzgado de lo Social n.º 26 de Barcelona (Spain) lodged on 26 November 2019 — LJ v INSS (Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social)

(Case C-861/19)

Language of the case: Spanish

Referring court

Juzgado de lo Social n.º 26 de Barcelona

Parties to the main proceedings

Applicant: LJ

Defendant: INSS (Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social)

Questions referred

Can the maternity supplement provided for in Article 60 of the Ley General de la Seguridad Social (General Law on Social Security), the consolidated version of which was approved by Real Decreto Legislativo 8/2015 (Royal Legislative Decree 8/2015), be considered a positive measure or action designed to achieve substantive equality between women and men which is permissible under Article 157(4) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union?

If the answer to the first question is ‘yes’, is the time limit established by the sole final provision of Royal Legislative Decree 8/2015 that restricts the supplement to pensions arising from 1 January 2016 onwards contrary to the principle of proportionality which must be satisfied by all positive action?

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