Commission v Belgium Posted In: Case Law
Case ReferenceCase C-317/14
Legal BodyCourt of Justice EU (CJEU/ECJ)
Type of Claim / JurisdictionDiscipline and Grievance
The Belgian Constitution defines four linguistic regions in which uniform rules are applied as regards the use of languages, particularly in relation to administrative matters: the French-speaking region, the Dutch-speaking region, the German-speaking region and the bi-lingual Brussels-Capital region.
Belgian law provides:
‘In the local services established in the French-speaking, Dutch-speaking or German-speaking regions, no person may be appointed or promoted to an office or post if he does not know the language of the region.
The admission and promotion examinations shall be conducted in the same language.
The candidate shall be allowed to sit the examination only if it can be seen from
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