Egils Levits appointed as a judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union 01.03.2018

On Thursday, 28 February, the Council of the European Union repeatedly appointed Egils Levits as a judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

Dzintars Rasnačs, the Minister of Justice, congratulated Egils Levits, who was nominated for the judge position at the CJEU by the Ministry of Justice and the Cabinet of Ministers, stressing that Egils Levits has significantly contributed to the development of the Latvian judicial system – while serving as a judge at the CJEU, he has closely cooperated with the Latvian legal scientists, representatives from the judicial power and developers of legal policy. The Minister also noteed the contribution of Egils Levits to the restoration of Latvia as a country and consolidation of the statehood; he was one of the authors of the conception of the Declaration of 4 May 1990. Egils Levits had an important role in restoring and developing the operation of the Constitution; furthermore, he was the core author of the Introduction to the Constitution.

Egils Levits has served as a judge at the CJEU since 2004; before that he was a judge at the European Court of Human Rights. Egils Levits has graduated the Faculty of Law of the Hamburg University as well as the Department of Policy Sciences of the Faculty of Philosophy and Public Sciences at the same University. He has had an active part in developing the Latvian legal system; he also has more than 130 scientific publications regarding matters pertaining to Latvia’s national law, administrative law, human rights, law reforms and European laws. He established legal journal “Law and Rights” and served as an associate to the chairperson of the editorial board’s council.

On 26 September 2017 the Cabinet of Ministers supported the suggestion of the Ministry of Justice to repeatedly nominate Egils Levits for the position of a judge at the CJEU.

The CJEU is comprised of one judge from each Member State as well as eleven attorneys general. Judges and attorneys general are appointed at the CJEU for six years and they can be appointed to the office repeatedly.

The CJEU judges and attorneys general are appointed upon mutual agreements by governments of the Member States who discuss the candidates with a commission established to assess the candidates in terms of their suitability for the duties. The candidates are selected among the persons whose independence cannot be questioned and who meet the requirements in their respective states to take the position of highest-ranking judges, or who are lawyers with recognized competences.

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