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EU General Court: further judges appointed

Source: Council of the European Union (Council) i, published on Wednesday, September 7 2016.

On 7 September 2016 the governments of the EU member states appointed 14 judges to the General Court and one advocate-general to the Court of Justice.

Seven of the 14 appointments are related to the partial renewal of the General Court that takes place every three years. Six are linked to the reform of the General Court agreed in 2015. One follows the resignation of a judge.

Partial renewal

In the framework of the partial renewal the following persons were appointed judges for a term of office ending on 31 August 2022:

  • Mr Barna Berke (Hungary)
  • Mr Ricardo da Silva Passos (Portugal)
  • Ms Octavia Spineanu-Matei (Romania)
  • Mr Zoltán Csehi (Hungary)
  • Mr Constantinos Iliopoulos (Greece)
  • Ms Anna Marcoulli (Cyprus)
  • Mr Dean Spielmann (Luxembourg)

Another two judges (from Poland and Slovakia) will have to be appointed to complete the 2016 partial renewal.

Reform of the General Court

As part of the reform of the General Court the member states' governments appointed the following judges:

in the context of the first stage of the reform for a term of office ending on 31 August 2019

  • Mr Jan Passer (Czech Republic)

in the context of the second stage of the reform

  • Mr Alexander Kornezov (Bulgaria)
  • Mr Ezio Perillo (Italy)
  • Mr René Barents (the Netherlands)
  • Ms Maria José Costeira (Portugal)
  • Mr Jesper Svenningsen (Denmark)

The mandates of the first two judges end on 31 August 2019 and the term of office of the last three on 31 August 2022.

To complete the second stage of the reform of the General Court another two judges (from Ireland and Belgium) will have to be appointed.

Resignation

In place of Mr Carl Wetter who resigned as a judge of the General Court the member states' governments appointed Mr Ulf Öberg (Sweden) for a term of office ending on 31 August 2019.

Advocate-general

Mr Evgeni Tanchev (Bulgaria) was appointed as advocate-general of the Court of Justice for a period ending on 6 October 2021. This completes the 2015 partial renewal of the Court of Justice.