European Union – Employment. The Court of Justice of the European Union made a preliminary ruling concerning the interpretation of cll 3 and 5 of the Framework Agreement (on fixed-term work) concluded on 18 March 1999, which was annexed to Council Directive (EC) 1999/70 (concerning the Framework Agreement on fixed-term work concluded by ETUC, UNICE and CEEP). Those requests had been made in proceedings between workers employed as seafarers and their employer, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana SpA, concerning the classification of contracts of employment between them.