Overview of recent cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union (November 2018 – January 2019)

AuthorAnne Pieter van der Mei,Pauline Melin
DOI10.1177/1388262719838945
Published date01 March 2019
Date01 March 2019
Subject MatterCase commentaries
Case commentary
Overview of recent cases before
the Court of Justice of the
European Union (November
2018 – January 2019)
Anne Pieter van der Mei
Maastricht University, the Netherlands
Pauline Melin
Maastricht University, the Netherlands
Although the reporting period (November 2018-January 2019) is relatively short, the Court of
Justice of the European Union did deliver several rulings that are significant for social security.
The ruling that stands out is Balandin, which addressed the question of whether third-country
nationals who habitually reside outside the EU but temporarily work in one or more Member States
can benefit from the coordination rules contained in Regulation 883/2004. In addition, the Court
offered clarification on the application of the notion of ‘restriction’ of freedom of movement in the
field of social security law (Zyla), the application of the prohibition of discrimination on grounds of
sexual orientation to retirement pensions (E.B.) and the social protection of refugees (Ayubi).
Application of the coordination regime for social security to third-
country nationals: Balandin
Balandin
1
concerns Regulation 1231/2010,
2
which extends Regulation 883/2004
3
and Regulation
987/2009
4
to nationals of third countries. Specifically, Article 1 of Regulation 1231/2010 states
Corresponding author:
Anne Pieter van der Mei, Professor of European Social Law, Department of Public Law, Maastricht University, PO Box 616,
6200 MD Maastricht, the Netherlands.
E-mail: ap.vandermei@maastrichtuniversity.nl
1. Raad van bestuur van de Sociale verzekeringsbank v D. Balandin and Others, Case 477/17, EU: C:2019:60.
2. Regulation (EU) No 1231/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 2010 extending
Regulation (EC) No 883/2004 and Regulation (EC) No 987/2009 to nationals of third countries who are not already
covered by these Regulations solely on the ground of their nationality (OJ 2010 L 344, p. 1).
3. Regulation (EC) No 883/2004 [of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the coordination of
social security systems (OJ 2004 L 166, p. 1, and corrigendum OJ 2004 L 200, p. 1).
4. Regulation (EC) No 987/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 September 2009 laying down the proc edure
for implementing Regulation (EC) No 883/2004 on the coordination of social se curity systems (OJ 2009 L 284, p. 1).
European Journal of Social Security
2019, Vol. 21(1) 63–70
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