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Orange v. European Commission  ∙ C-211/15 P ∙ Annotation by Adrien Giraud and Sylvain Petit

Annotation on the Judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (First Chamber) of 26 October 2016 in Case C-211/15 P Orange v. European Commission

Adrien Giraud, Sylvain Petit


On 26 October 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (hereinafter ‘the CJEU’) rejected France Télécom’s (now rebranded Orange) appeal in the case relating to the reform of the arrangements for financing the pensions of civil servants working for that company. The Court followed its Advocate General (hereinafter ‘the AG’) and upheld the European Commission’s (hereinafter ‘the Commission’) decision. By doing so, the CJEU strongly affirmed that there is no room left for a defence based on the compensation of a structural disadvantage.
Keywords: Compensation; Structural Disadvantage; Selectivity; Dual Derogation.

Adrien Giraud and Sylvain Petit, respectively Partner and Associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Brussels. DOI: 10.21552/estal/2017/1/12


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