European Union – Employment. The Court of Justice of the European Union made a preliminary ruling concerning the interpretation of Council Directive (EEC) 80/987 (relating to the protection of employees in the event of the insolvency of their employer), as amended. The request had been made in proceedings between the applicant and the Netherlands Management Board of the Employee Insurance Schemes Implementing Body concerning the latter's refusal to pay the applicant an insolvency benefit on the ground that he was a third-country national who was not legally resident in the Netherlands.