Language of document :

Order of the Court (Sixth Chamber) of 19 December 2019 (request for a preliminary ruling from the Landesverwaltungsgericht Steiermark — Austria) — NE v Bezirkshauptmannschaft Hartberg-Fürstenfeld

(Case C-645/18) 1

(Reference for a preliminary ruling — Article 99 of the Rules of Procedure of the Court — Freedom to provide services — Posting of workers — Article 56 TFEU — Directive 2014/67/EU — Articles 9 and 20 — Reporting of workers — Retention of records of wages — Penalties — Proportionality — Fines of a predefined minimum amount — Cumulative — No upper limit — Court fees)

Language of the case: German

Referring court

Landesverwaltungsgericht Steiermark

Parties to the main proceedings

Applicant: NE

Defendant: Bezirkshauptmannschaft Hartberg-Fürstenfeld

Intervener: Finanzpolizei

Operative part of the order

Article 20 of Directive 2014/67/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on the enforcement of Directive 96/71/EC concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services and amending Regulation (EU) No 1024/2012 on administrative cooperation through the Internal Market Information System (‘the IMI Regulation’) must be interpreted as precluding national legislation which lays down, in the event of non-compliance with labour law obligations relating to the reporting of workers and the retention of records of wages, the imposition of high fines:

–    which may not be lower than a predefined amount;

–    which are imposed cumulatively in respect of each worker concerned and without an upper limit, and

to which is added a contribution to court costs of 20% of the amount of the fines if the appeal against the decision imposing those fines is dismissed.


1 OJ C 122, 1.4.2019.