June 18
2021
Anjum Shabbir
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10th June 2021
Employment & Immigration

Court of Justice clarifies scope of application of equal treatment in eligibility criteria for housing assistance

The Court of Justice has handed down its judgment in C-94/20, Land Oberösterreich (Aide au logement), finding that EU law precludes national legislation which conditions the granting of housing assistance to third-country nationals with long-term resident status on a specific kind of proof of proficiency in the language of the Member State in question, if that assistance is considered a ‘core benefit’ under Directive 2003/109.

The case concerns a Turkish national who had lived in Austria since 1997 and is considered a ‘third-country national who is a long-term resident’ within the meaning of Directive 2003/109. He received housing assistance until the end of 2017, when a change in the eligibility criteria for housing assistance fo

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