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Key facts of the case:

(Request for a preliminary ruling from the cour du travail de Bruxelles (Belgium)) (Access to unemployment benefits in a Member State — Taking into account periods of employment completed as a member of the contract staff of an EU institution — Treatment of the period of unemployment in the European institutions as a period of employment — Principle of sincere cooperation)

Conclusion:

In the light of the foregoing considerations, I suggest that the following answer be given to the cour du travail de Bruxelles:

Article 10 EC, in conjunction with the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities, precludes, in circumstances such as those in the main proceedings, legislation of a Member State which, in relation to a worker’s qualification for national unemployment benefit, does not take into account periods during which that worker was employed as a member of the contract staff of an institution of the European Union.