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EU Court of Justice Delivers Judgment on the Applicability of EU Law to Workers on Offshore Gas-Drilling Platforms

The European Court of Justice delivered on 17 January 2012 an important judgment related to the issue of jurisdiction and workers' social coverage in the offshore petroleum sector. In case C-347/10 Salemink, the Court had to assess the application of the national compulsory sickness insurance scheme to persons working in a drilling platform on an adjacent part to the Netherlands' continental shelf, where the employer was established in the Netherlands but the employee, although a citizen from the Netherlands, was established in another Member State (Spain).

The judgement is accessible here and will be commented on this blog.