European Union – Finance. The Court of Justice of the European Union gave a preliminary ruling in which it decided, among other things, that art 6 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and art 17 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union should be interpreted as not precluding national legislation, such as that at issue in the main proceedings, which prohibited the combining of a net public-sector retirement pension with income from activities carried out in public institutions if the amount of the pension exceeded a certain threshold.