Request for a preliminary ruling from the Tribunal du travail francophone de Bruxelles (Belgium) lodged on 25 June 2020 — CO, ME, GC and 42 Others v MJ, European Commission, European External Action Service, Council of the European Union, Eulex Kosovo

(Case C-283/20)

Language of the case: French

Referring court

Tribunal du travail francophone de Bruxelles

Parties to the main proceedings

Applicants: CO, ME, GC and 42 Others

Defendants: MJ, European Commission, European External Action Service, Council of the European Union, Eulex Kosovo

Question referred

Should Articles 8.3 and 10.3 of Council Joint Action 2008/124/CFSP of 4 February 2008 on the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, EULEX KOSOVO, 1 before its amendment by Council Decision 2014/349/CFSP of 12 June 2014, 2 where necessary in combination with any other possibly relevant provisions, be read as conferring on the Head of Mission, personally and on his or her own behalf, the status of employer of the international civilian staff members employed in the service of the EULEX KOSOVO Mission during the period before 12 June 2014 or, having regard, in particular, to Articles 8.5 and 9.3 of Joint Action 2008/124/CFSP before its amendment on 12 June 2014, as conferring the status of employer on the European Union and/or an institution of the European Union such as the European Commission, the European External Action Service, the Council of the European Union or any other institution on behalf of which the Head of Mission acted until that date by virtue of a mandate, delegation of power or any other form of representation to be determined where necessary?

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1 OJ 2008 L 42, p. 92.

2 Council Decision 2014/349/CFSP of 12 June 2014 amending Joint Action 2008/124/CFSP on the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, EULEX KOSOVO (OJ 2014 L 174, p. 42).