60 Ideas for Europe

European Judges

The EMI will always be opposed to the principle of parity between the number of members of the institutions on the one hand, and the number of Member States on the other. The only exception to this is the European Council and the Council itself. For this reason, the EMI opposes Art. 19.2 (TEU Lisbon), which states that each country has a judge in the ECJ. Judicial independence must rest on the personal and not national condition of each judge. The Treaty says that the judges will be chosen from among people who are guaranteed to be independent. What independence is there if a particular judge has to be from a particular country and, if he/she is not approved, this state will simply replace him/her with another candidate?

We propose that the members of the ECJ be approved by the EU Parliament as the ultimate representative of all the EU citizens.

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