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#MySocialEurope: Germany's Presidency of the Council of the European Union

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International Employment and Social Policy

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Labour

Overview

Labour market policy

Basic income support for jobseekers

Skilled workers

Transformation of the world of work

Labour Law

Occupational Safety and Health

Social Affairs

Overview

Social Insurance

Statutory accident insurance

Old-age security in Germany

Social Assistance

Socialcompensation law

Health Care

Participation and inclusion

Europe and the World

Overview

Europe

Overview

#MySocialEurope: Germany's Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Employment and social policy in the EU

Working in another EU country

EU external relations

Migration from third countries

European Funds

Overview

European Social Fund (ESF)

Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD)

International

Overview

International Employment and Social Policy

Labour and Social Policy at the G7/G20 Levels

Corporate Social Responsibility

Twinning in Labour and Social Policy (Administrative partnerships)

Bilateral social security agreements outside the European Union

International Organisations

Services

Overview:  Services

Contact

Publications

Overview

Shopping cart

Press

Overview

Recent Publications

Press photos

Overview

Press photos of the minister

Press photos of the state secretaries

RSS

Visitor Centre

The Ministry

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BMAS at a Glance

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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is the judicial branch of the European Union (EU) and is based in Luxembourg. The CJEU ensures that the EU organs and the member states comply with Union law. The court takes binding decisions on the interpretation of Union law and makes sure that EU law is applied uniformly in all EU member states.

CJEU legal decisions play an important part in the work of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs due to the fact that Union law affects its policies in many ways. As a result and as part of Germany's Federal Government, the ministry contributes intensively to cases involving labour market and social policies.  

A great deal of the CJEU’s work consists of preliminary rulings: National courts can suspend pending cases to submit questions on the interpretation of EU law that are decisive for their decision to the CJEU. After the ruling of the CJEU, the national court is bound by the CJEU’s interpretation when continuing its own legal proceedings. Preliminary rulings thus play a major role in the interpretation and shaping of European law and its transposition into national legal systems. Each member state thus has the possibility of submitting a written observation on the questions put to the CJEU and it may also get involved in the oral proceedings. In this way, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs regularly shares its legal views in cooperation with other German ministries if cases are of special significance or have implications for German labour and social law. Infringement proceedings against Germany or actions for annulment against EU legal acts are examples of other types of cases in which the ministry gets involved as part of the German government if its policy areas are affected.

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