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Key facts of the case:

ECB — Staff of the ECB — Temporary agency staff — Limit on the maximum length of service of the same agency worker — Action for annulment — Challengeable act — Direct and individual effect — Interest in bringing proceedings — Period allowed for commencing proceedings — Admissibility — Failure to inform and consult the applicant trade union — Non-contractual liability

Results (sanctions) and key consequences of the case:

THE GENERAL COURT (First Chamber) hereby:

  1. Annuls the decision of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank (ECB) of 20 May 2014 limiting to two years the maximum period during which the ECB may use the services of the same agency worker for administrative and secretarial tasks;
  2. Dismisses the action as to the remainder;
  3. Orders the ECB to bear its own costs and to pay three quarters of the costs incurred by the International and European Public Services Organisation in the Federal Republic of Germany (IPSO). IPSO is ordered to bear one quarter of its own costs.