Action brought on 6 March 2006 - Vienne and Others v European Parliament

(Case F-22/06)

Language of the case: French


Applicants: Philippe Vienne (Bascharage, Luxembourg) and Others (represented by: G. Bounéou and F. Frabetti, lawyers)

Defendant: European Parliament

Form of order sought

annul the annul the explicit decision of 14 November 2005 whereby the European Parliament refused to afford the applicants assistance under Article 24 of the Staff Regulations;

order the European Parliament to make good all the loss thereby sustained by the applicants;

order the European Parliament to pay the costs;

Pleas in law and main arguments

The applicants, who are all officials or other servants of the European Parliament, had sought to have their pension rights acquired in Belgium transferred to the Community system, in accordance with the provisions of a Belgian law enacted in 1991. In 2003 Belgium enacted a new law which, in the applicants' submission, provides more favourable conditions for new transfers of that type. As the applicants had already transferred their rights, however, they were unable to take advantage of the provisions of the Law of 2003.

The applicants therefore submitted a request seeking to obtain the assistance provided for in Article 24 of the Staff Regulations. The European Parliament, which had no intention of assisting its officials and temporary servants to secure those transfers, rejected their request by decision of 14 November 2005.

By their action, the applicants contest that decision, which they treat as a refusal to afford assistance, in breach of Article 24 of the Staff Regulations. In addition to that article, they rely in support of their claims on a breach of the duty to have regard to the welfare of the staff, of the principle of non-discrimination, of the prohibition of arbitrary process, of the obligation to state reasons, of legitimate expectations and of the rule 'patere legem quam ipse fecisti' and on a misuse of powers.