Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Procházka is the candidate for EU General Court

Former Sieť leader Radoslav Procházka justified his candidature by experience from working as a consultant for the Constitutional Court.

Radoslav Procházka.(Source: SITA)

Former chair of Sieť party Radoslav Procházka became a candidate for the post of an additional judge of the European Union General Court at the Judicial Council’s meeting held on September 19. The council chose the nominee of the Slovak Bar Association (SAK) rather than the Supreme Court judge Ivan Rumana, the Sme daily reported.

In a secret ballot, Procházka received 10 votes, two members of the council were against his candidacy and five judges abstained from the vote. In contrast, the majority of the council abstained from voting for Rumana.

Procházka justified his candidacy for the post citing his previous experience, for example when he worked as a consultant on the Constitutional Court.

“I realise limitations associated with my expert background and absence of judicial profession,” said Procházka, as quoted by the Sme daily.

When journalists asked about his political career, Procházka warned that most of his professional tenure he has spent outside of politics and devoted himself to law.  However, he did not provide a direct answer whether he would have ran for the post in the case he would have remained the Sieť chair after a recent party meeting.

Read also: Read also:Two run for EU General Court post

The EU General Court may refuse the Slovak candidate as in the case of previous candidate Mária Patakyová for her unfamiliarity with the French language. Slovakia is the last country lacking such a judicial post, Sme wrote.

Procházka is now a member of parliament and head of the Department of Theory of Law and Constitutional Law at the Trnava University. In the past, he worked at the Pan-European University in Bratislava, was the Slovak representative to the EU courts, legal advisor to the Delegations of the European Union and the Constitutional Court, and worked also for the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights , the SITA newswire reported.

Top stories

Vote-buying scandal lands village mayor in court

Some Roma claiming the mayor of Gemerská Poloma, Miroslav Michalka was buying votes, have changed their testimonies.

Stanislav Kučerák (blue shirt) is a key witness in the vote-buying case.

How to sell Slovak books to English readers

Slovak literature makes it to the big bookstores of London, but it is unlikely to become a bestseller yet.

On Wednesday, Slovak literature will be presented in one of the biggest bookstores in London. Among the new books translated into English is also the anthology of current Slovak prose selected and translated by Magdalena Mullek and Júlia Sherwood.

British embassy opens condolence book

The book will be opened for two days.

Floral tributes are laid out in Manchester, England, on May 23, 2017, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead as it ended on May 22 night.

EC: Focus on education and labour market

Some recommendations remain the same as last year.

Illustrative stock photo