European Union – Social security. The Court of Justice of the European Union made a preliminary ruling concerning the interpretation of Regulation (EEC) No 1408/71 of the Council (on the application of social security schemes to employed persons, to self-employed persons and to members of their families moving within the Community), as amended. The request had been made in proceedings between Mr Kik and the Netherlands State Secretary for Finance concerning Mr Kik's insurance under the Netherlands social security scheme for a certain period.