BRUSSELS(ANA/M. Spinthourakis) – A Greek law forcing employers to seek government approval for mass layoffs is too vague and violates European Union laws, the European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday.

The case was brought to the European Court of Justice after Greek cement maker AGET Iraklis was prevented in 2013 from making collective redundancies by the then-government because of the economic crisis and the high levels of unemployment in the country.

The court ruled that the Greek law goes against EU rules on companies’ freedom to set up businesses in EU states.

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