After a year of wide-spread criticism, Radoslav Procházka officially cancelled his application for judge of the EU General Court in Luxembourg by sending a letter to the institution. He had already spoken about his decision a few weeks earlier.
“I ask you to withdraw the motion to appoint me European Union General Court judge,” Procházka wrote to Prime Minister Robert Fico in July. “As this motion falls under the exclusive purview of the Slovak government, and I have no options to either take it back or otherwise amend it, I am asking you or the government of the Slovak Republic to do so.”
The former Sieť leader was Slovakia’s second candidate for the post. The Judicial Council nominated him on September 19, and the government approved the candidacy on September 28.
The Open Justice association and the Freedom and Solidarity party criticised this decision, claiming that Procházka may have the professional qualifications but lacks the moral qualities necessary to hold the post.
In early January, the Judicial Council received, via diplomatic channels, a negative statement regarding Prochazka's nomination from the Council of the EU advisory body. No candidate has ever been appointed to the court without the approval of the advisory body.