ON JANUARY 9, the Juridical Council of the Slovak Republic elected Daniel Šváby to be their candidate for the position of judge at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxemburg.
Šváby has been a judge with the European Court of First Instance since May 2004. The council will now propose to the Slovak government to nominate him as an ECJ judge.
“The new position brings a big challenge and I am well aware of the circumstances,” Šváby told the TASR newswire. He expects tough tasks, especially after the Lisbon Treaty is ratified and comes into force, because the treaty will strengthen the competencies of the ECJ.
Šváby was nominated by the Justice Minister Štefan Harabin. There was only one other candidate, the current judge with the ECJ, Ján Kľučka, whose term of office ends in autumn 2009, TASR reported.
The European Court of Justice is composed of 27 judges and eight advocates-general who are appointed by joint agreement between the governments of the EU member states. Each is appointed for a term of six years, which may be renewed.
19. Jan 2009 at 0:00 | Compiled by the Spectator staff from press reports