|Vaassen v Beambtenfonds Mijnbedrijf|
|Court||European Court of Justice|
|Citation(s)||(1966) Case 61/65|
Vaassen v Beambtenfonds Mijnbedrijf (1966) Case 61/65 is an EU law case, concerning preliminary references to the Court of Justice of the European Union.
The Netherlands had a scheidsgerecht, a mining worker pension arbitration tribunal. It was set up under statute. Rule changes had to be approved by the minister. It sought to make a preliminary reference, and the question was whether it was entitled to do so as a court under (what is now) TFEU article 267.
Advocate General Gand said the court tribunal was ‘a judicial body duly representing the power of the state, and settling as a matter of law disputes concerning the application of the insurance scheme.’
The Court of Justice held the scheidsgerecht was a court under TFEU article 267 (then TEEC art 177).
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