Judgment of the Court of 20 September 2001.

Rudy Grzelczyk v Centre public d'aide sociale d'Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve.

Reference for a preliminary ruling: Tribunal du travail de Nivelles - Belgium.

Articles 6, 8 and 8a of the EC Treaty (now, after amendment, Articles 12 EC, 17 EC and 18 EC) - Council Directive 93/96/EEC - Right of residence for students - National legislation which guarantees a minimum subsistence allowance only for nationals, persons covered by Regulation (EEC) No 1612/68 and stateless persons and refugees - Foreign student who has met his own living expenses during the first years of his studies.

Case C-184/99.


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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2001:458
20/09/2001 Grzelczyk
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2001:458
20/09/2001 Grzelczyk
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2000:518
28/09/2000 Grzelczyk
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
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Reports of Cases

2001 I-06193

Subject-matter

Preliminary ruling ─ Tribunal de Travail de Nivelles, Section de Wavre ─ Interpretation of Articles 6, 8 and 8a of the EC Treaty (now Articles 12, 17 and 18 EC), Regulation (EEC) No 1612/68 of the Council of 15 October 1968 on freedom of movement for workers within the Community and Council Directive 93/96/EEC of 29 October 1993 on the right of residence for students ─ national legislation providing for the minimum means of subsistence solely for nationals and those to whom Regulation No 1612/68 applies ─ foreign student having earned his living during the earlier years of his studies

Systematic classification scheme

1.
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-01 Principles and citizenship of the Union
    B-01.05 Prohibition of discrimination on grounds of nationality
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-01 Principles and citizenship of the Union
    B-01.08 Citizenship of the Union
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-04 Free movement of persons and services
    B-04.01 Right of entry and of residence
      B-04.01.01 Detailed rules governing the exercise of the right of entry and of residence
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-01 Principles and citizenship of the Union
    B-01.05 Prohibition of discrimination on grounds of nationality
A The Community legal order
  A-01 Sources of Community law
    A-01.02 General principles of law
      A-01.02.05 Legal certainty
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-19 Legal proceedings
    B-19.04 Reference for a preliminary ruling
      B-19.04.03 Effects of a preliminary ruling
        B-19.04.03.01 Effects of judgments providing an interpretation


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

Operative part

Opinion


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 19/05/1999

Date of the Opinion

  • 28/09/2000

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

20/09/2001


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 204 from 17.07.1999, p.30

Judgment: OJ C 317 from 10.11.2001, p.2

Name of the parties

Grzelczyk

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Novak, Meinhard: Gleichbehandlung bei sozialen Vergünstigungen für Unionsbürger, European Law Reporter 2001 p.280-281 (DE)
  2. Gautier, Yves: Europe 2001 Novembre Comm. nº 316 p.5 (FR)
  3. Lhernould, Jean-Philippe: L'accès aux prestations sociales des citoyens de l'Union européenne, Droit social 2001 p.1103-1107 (FR)
  4. Alemanno, A.: La jurisprudence de la Cour de justice et du Tribunal de première instance. Chronique des arrêts. Arrêt "Rudy Grzelczyk", Revue du droit de l'Union européenne 2001 nº 4 p.1008-1010 (FR)
  5. Kessler, F.: L'actualité de la jurisprudence communautaire et internationale, Revue de jurisprudence sociale 2002 p.11-13 (FR)
  6. Obwexer, Walter: EuGH: Sozialhilfe für Student aus anderem Mitgliedstaat, Europäische Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht 2002 p.56-58 (DE)
  7. Staples, H.: Een zwaluw maakt nog geen zomer; Is burgerschap van de Unie de juiste grondslag voor een recht op een bestaansminimum voor studenten?, Nederlands tijdschrift voor Europees recht 2002 p.8-13 (NL)
  8. Rossi, Matthias: Juristenzeitung 2002 p.351-353 (DE)
  9. Martin, D.: A Big Step Forward for Union Citizens, but a Step Backwards for Legal Coherence, European Journal of Migration and Law 2002 Vol. 4 p.136-144 (EN)
  10. Ruhs, Christian: Zugang zur Bildung und Gleichbehandlung - der EuGH als Motor der Europäischen Bildungspolitik, Österreichische Juristenzeitung 2002 p.281-293 (DE)
  11. Iliopoulou, Anastasia ; Toner, Helen: Common Market Law Review 2002 p.609-620 (EN)
  12. Sewandono, I.: S.E.W. ; Sociaal-economische wetgeving 2002 p.299-300 (NL)
  13. Feenstra, S.: Rechtspraak sociale verzekering 2002 nº 228 (NL)
  14. Höfler, Rosemarie: Europa auf dem Weg zu einer sozialen Union? Die EuGH-Rechtsprechung zu unionsrechtlichen Ansprüchen auf Sozialhilfe, Neue Zeitschrift für Verwaltungsrecht 2002 p.1206-1208 (DE)
  15. Iliopoulou, Anastasia: Revue des affaires européennes 2002 p.775-782 (FR)
  16. David, Franck: La citoyenneté de l'Union, statut fondamental des ressortissants des Etats membres, Revue trimestrielle de droit européen 2003 p.561-578 (FR)
  17. Delli, Chantal: Das Wesen der Unionsbürgerschaft: Überlegungen anhand des Falls Rudy Grzelczyk gegen Centre public d'aide sociale d'Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Basler Schriften zur europäischen Integration ; Nr. 69 2004 Nr. 69 (DE)
  18. Barnard, Catherine: Common Market Law Review 2005 p.1465-1489 (EN)
  19. Starke, David-Sebastian: Die Rechtsprechung des Europäischen Gerichtshofes und ihre Auswirkungen auf das deutsche Sozialhilferecht : der sozialrechtliche Gehalt der Unionsbürgerschaft nach dem Urteil Grzelczyk - Aussi: Dissertation-Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 2005, Studien zum Völker- und Europarecht 2006 Bd.22 174 p. (DE)
  20. Lamačková, Daniela: Rozsudok "Grzelczyk", Výber z rozhodnutí Súdneho dvora Európskych spoločenstiev 2006 p.30-41 (SK)
  21. Dinelli, Federico: Recenti tendenze in materia di cittadinanza europea: oltre il limite delle "situazioni puramente interne" all'ordinamento degli Stati membri, Il Foro amministrativo 2011 p.1777-1813 (IT)
  22. Martin, Denis: De Zambrano à Dereci :. Le citoyen européen, un être déprimé à la recherche de son identité, Revue de droit du travail 2012 p.339-346 (FR)
  23. Oosterom-Staples, Helen: The Genuine Enjoyment-Test and the Right to Move and Reside: High Hopes, Limited Impact, Issues that Matter; Mensenrechten, minderheden en migranten (Ed. Wolf Legal Publishers - Oisterwijk) 2013 p.75-86 (EN)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Tribunal du travail de Nivelles - Belgium

Subject-matter

  • Citizenship of the Union
  • - Right of entry and residence
  • non-discrimination
  • - Non-discrimination on grounds of nationality
  • Freedom of movement for workers
  • Social security

Provisions of national law referred to

Information not available

Provisions of international law referred to

Information not available

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

Cour plénière (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Edward

Advocate General

Alber

Language(s) of the Case

  • French

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • German