ECJ rules in favor of Greek national in Italian discrimination case

The European Court of Justice has reversed an earlier ruling by an Italian court against the appointment of Iraklis Haralambidis, a Greek national, as president of the port authority in Brindisi, Italy.

Haralambidis had been placed at the helm of the organization in 2011 but his appointment was annulled the following year after an appeal by rival candidate Calogero Casilli, an Italian businessman, who said the post should not go to non-Italian nationals.

In its ruling, the ECJ said that limiting the post exclusively to Italian nationals runs against the principle of the free movement of workers and constitutes discrimination on grounds of nationality.

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