The difference of treatment on the grounds of age is not discrimination when it is objectively and reasonably justified by a legitimate aim, including legitimate employment policy, labour market and vocational training objectives and if the means of achieving that aim are appropriate and necessary.
example Examples of such differences include: setting minimum conditions of age, seniority or experience for access to employment or advantages linked to employment, setting a maximum age for recruitment based on a training requirement or reasonable period of employment before retirement. For instance, working experience of 15-20 years can be stipulated if this is necessary to perform a highly complicated job.
Articles 2, 26
13 September 2011