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Document 62013CN0333

Case C-333/13: Request for a preliminary ruling from the Sozialgericht Leipzig (Germany) lodged on 19 June 2013 — Elisabeta Dano, Florin Dano v Jobcenter Leipzig

OJ C 226, 3.8.2013, p. 9–10 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)
OJ C 226, 3.8.2013, p. 4–4 (HR)

3.8.2013   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 226/9


Request for a preliminary ruling from the Sozialgericht Leipzig (Germany) lodged on 19 June 2013 — Elisabeta Dano, Florin Dano v Jobcenter Leipzig

(Case C-333/13)

(2013/C 226/18)

Language of the case: German

Referring court

Sozialgericht Leipzig

Parties to the main proceedings

Applicants: Elisabeta Dano, Florin Dano

Defendant: Jobcenter Leipzig

Questions referred

1.

Do persons who do not wish to claim payment of any benefits of social security law or family benefits under Article 3(1) of Regulation (EC) No 883/2004 (1) but rather special non-contributory benefits under Article 3(3) and Article 70 of the Regulation fall within the scope ratione personae of Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 883/2004?

2.

If Question 1 is answered in the affirmative: Are the Member States precluded by Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 883/2004, in order to prevent an unreasonable recourse to non-contributory social security benefits under Article 70 of the Regulation which guarantee a level of subsistence, from excluding in full or in part European Union citizens in need from accessing those benefits which are provided to their own nationals who are in the same situation?

3.

If Questions 1 or 2 are answered in the negative: Are the Member States precluded by a) Article 18 TFEU and/or b) Article 20(2)(a) TFEU in conjunction with the final sentence of Article 20(2) TFEU and Article 24(2) of Directive 2004/38/EC, (2) in order to prevent an unreasonable recourse to non-contributory social security benefits under Article 70 of Regulation (EC) No 883/2004 which guarantee a level of subsistence, from excluding in full or in part European Union citizens in need from accessing those benefits which are provided to their own nationals who are in the same situation?

4.

If, according to the answers to the abovementioned questions, the partial exclusion of benefits which guarantee a level of subsistence complies with European Union law: May the provision of non-contributory benefits which guarantee a level of subsistence for European Union citizens, outside acute emergencies, be limited to the provision of the necessary funds to return to their home State or do Articles 1, 20 and 51 of the Charter of Fundamental rights require further payments which enable permanent residence?


(1)  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).

(2)  Directive 2004/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States, amending Regulation (EEC) No 1612/68 and repealing Directives 64/221/EEC, 68/360/EEC, 72/194/EEC, 73/148/EEC, 75/34/EEC, 75/35/EEC, 90/364/EEC, 90/365/EEC and 93/96/EEC (OJ 2004 L 158, p. 77).


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