Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Patakyová rejected by EU’s General Court, lacks grasp of French

Slovakia already has one judge at EGC, Juraj Schwarcz.

A hearing of the General Court(Source: Courtesy of the Court of Justice of the European Union)

Slovakia will have to relaunch the process of selecting an additional judge of the General Court of the European Court (EGC), as the court’s committee has rejected Slovak candidate Mária Patakyová due to her lack of knowledge of French, Slovak Judicial Council chair Jana Bajánková announced on March 21.

French is the working language of this court. Apart from Patakyová, who is vice-chancellor of Comenius University in Bratislava, the committee also rejected Maltese and Latvian candidates, said Bajánková as cited by the TASR newswire.

A new election for the Slovak candidate should take place on June 27. It is expected that Slovakia will nominate a woman. Slovakia has managed to acquire one of the 12 posts of additional judges who should have joined the court as of September 1, 2015. Slovakia already has one judge at EGC, Juraj Schwarcz.

The General Court is the first-instance body of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. It was established in 1998 to provide two-stage judicial supervision in certain areas and in order to relieve the Court of Justice itself.

The General Court is made up of at least one judge from each member state (28 as of 2013, plus the additional 12 posts). The judges are appointed by common accord of the governments of member states. Their term of office is six years and is renewable. The judges appoint their president from among their own ranks for a period of three years.

Top stories

Historically first ex-ministers were sentenced for the bulletin-board tender

Former construction ministers of the SNS party have received years in prison for the scandal surrounding the infamous bulletin-board tender. The other three defendants, ministry officers, have been acquitted.

L-R: Marian Janušek is ianugurated as replacing Igor Štefanov in post of construction minister, April 2009.

Quidditch becomes reality in Slovakia as first teams emerge Video

The wizard sport, fighting for its status in the real sports world, has won the hearts of some Slovaks.

We should not wait until we start lowering our voices when talking about the mighty

The girl with seven names saw the first public execution in Korea aged seven.

Hyeonseo Lee

Slovak tennis player knocks out Sharapova Video

Magdaléna Rybáriková improves her position in the WTA ranking.

Magdaléna Rybáriková