06. 12. 2018 15:22
Michal Kučera has become Slovakia's fourth candidate for the post of additional judge of the European Union's General Court (EGC) based in Luxembourg after the Cabinet approved his bid on Wednesday. Slovakia should have filled the post of the additional judge as early as in September 2016, but all of the previous three candidates - Ivan Rumana, Radoslav Procházka and Maria Patakyová - were rejected by the Council of the EU's consultative committee for various reasons. In late November, the Judicial Council in a secret vote elected Kučera as a candidate for the post, as ten out of the 15 Judicial Council members present voted for him. Rumana did not convince the committee of his skills regarding the court's agenda and his readiness to take up the post immediately.
In 2016, the bid by former Sieť (Network) MP Radoslav Procházka was turned down due to concerns about his personal integrity. It pointed at suspected attempts to avoid taxation on certain expenditures during his presidential campaign in 2014. Mária Patakyová, who eventually became the ombudswoman, was rejected due to her insufficient knowledge of French, the working language of the court. According to Justice Minister Gabor Gal (Most-Hid), Kučera has all the requirements for the EGC.
The General Court is the first-instance body of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. It was set up in 1998 to provide two-stage judicial supervision in certain areas and in order to relieve the Court of Justice itself.