Anonymi Geniki Etairia Tsimenton Iraklis v. Ypourgos Ergasias, Koinonikis Asfalisis kai Koinonikis Allilengyis
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Judgement date :21/12/2016
Directive 98/59/EC — Approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to collective redundancies — Article 49 TFEU — Freedom of establishment — Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union — Article 16 — Freedom to conduct a business — National legislation conferring upon an administrative authority the power to oppose collective redundancies after assessing the conditions in the labour market, the situation of the undertaking and the interests of the national economy — Acute economic crisis — Particularly high national unemployment rate
As stated by the CJEU in Iraklis ”in respect of the overriding reasons in the public interest […] the European Union is not only to establish an internal market but is also to work for the sustainable development of Europe, which is based, in particular, on a highly competitive social market economy aiming at full employment and social progress, and it is to promote, inter alia, social protection”.