Labor Law Can't Top Bidding Rules, ECJ Says In Allianz Row

Law360, London (April 4, 2019, 11:38 PM BST) -- The European Court of Justice ruled Thursday that Austrian labor law doesn't keep the European Union's public procurement rules from applying in an Allianz unit's challenge to the way several famous theaters awarded pensions contracts to a rival insurer.

In a preliminary ruling, the EU's top court told an Austrian court weighing the dispute that collective bargaining rights giving workers a say on a contract do not eliminate the obligation on an employer to comply with the EU’s public procurement rules mandating equal treatment, nondiscrimination and transparency in the bidding process.

“The application of procurement procedures, according to prevailing regulations, must be transparent...

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