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EU Court of Justice: three judges appointed

The representatives of the governments of the member states today appointed three judges to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Mr Nils Wahl (Sweden) was appointed as judge to the Court of Justice for the period from 7 October 2019 to 6 October 2024. He will replace Mr Carl Gustav Fernlund following his resignation as of 7 October 2019.

Mr Roberto Mastroianni (Italy) and Ms Ornella Porchia (Italy) were appointed as judges to the General Court. Their term of office will run from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2025. The appointments were made as part of the partial renewal of the composition of the General Court, which will see the term of office of 23 judges expire on 31 August 2019.

Background

The Court of Justice of the European Union consists of two courts: the Court of Justice and the General Court.

The judges and advocates-general are appointed by common accord of the governments of the member states after consultation of a panel responsible for giving an opinion on prospective candidates' suitability to perform the duties concerned. They are chosen from among individuals whose independence is beyond doubt. For appointment to the Court of Justice, the candidates must possess the qualifications required for appointment, in their respective countries, to the highest judicial offices, or be jurisconsults of recognised competence. For appointment to the General Court, they must possess the ability required for appointment to high judicial office.