According to the ECJ Rules of Procedure, a partial replacement of the twenty-eight judges and nine Advocates General takes place every three years. 10 judges (Belgium, Spain, Poland, Luxembourg, Croatia, Finland, Estonia, Slovakia, Hungary, Denmark ) and 4 Advocates General (United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark and the Czech Republic) have already been appointed.
On 16 September 2015, the Court made some new appointments - Mr Michail Vilaras (Greece) and Mr Eugene Regan (Ireland) as judges; Mr Manuel Campos Sánchez-Bordona (Spain), Mr Henrik Saugmandsgaard Øe (Danemark) and Mr Michal Bobek (Czech Republic) as Advocates-General. The last appointments were made in view to comply with the Council Decision(EU)2013/336 dated form 25th June 2013 which increased the number of the Advocates General from 9 to 11. However, the Advocate General from Bulgaria still needs to be appointed.
1. MR KOEN LENAERTS IS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE ECJ
Mr Koen Lenaerts (Belgium) was elected the new President of the European Court of Justice for the next three years. He succeed Mr Vassilios Skouris, who had been performing this function for the last 12 years. The election of Mr Lenaerts is not surprising – he was judge at the Court of First Instance, judge at the Court of Justice, as well as Vice-President of the Court from 9 October 2012 to 7 October 2015. Accordingly to Article 8 of the ECJ Rules of Procedure, Mr Lenaerts will represent the Court, ensure its proper functioning, preside general meetings and hearings at the Full Court or at the Grand Chamber and pronounce interim measures.
2. MR ANTONIO TIZZANO IS THE NEW VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE ECJ
Mr Antonio Tizzano (Italy) was elected Vice-President of the Court. Succeeding Mr Lenaerts, he will occupy this function until 2018. Mr Tizzano has been working at the Court since 2000 – firstly as Advocate General and later as judge. Accordingly to his new responsibilities laid down in Article 10 of the Rules of Procedure, Mr Tizzano will assist the President and, as it was voted recently, replace him during general meetings and hearings at the Grand Chamber.
3. MR MELCHIOR WATHELET IS THE NEW FIRST ADVOCATE GENERAL
In application of Article 14 of the Rules of Procedure, judges elected Mr Melchor Wathlet (Belgium) as First Advocate General for a period of one year. Former Minister of Justice, Sate Secretary, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State, Mr Wathlet was appointed judge at the Court for the period 1995-2003, and in 2012 he returned as Advocate General.
According to his new responsibilities he will pronounce interim measures, assign case to an Advocate General, propose to the Court to review in appeal judgements of the Court of First instance
4. COMPOSITION OF THE CHAMBERS AND ELECTION OF PRESIDENTS
Accordingly to Article 12 of the Rules of Priocedure, judges elected Presidents for each Chamber.
Ms Rosario Silva de Lapuerta, Mr Marko Ilešič, Mr Lars Bay Larsen, Mr Thomas von Danwitz and Mr José Luis da Cruz Vilaça were elected Presidents for the Chamers of five judges for the next three years.
Mr Alexander Arabadjiev, Ms Camelia Toader, Mr Daniel Šváby, Mr François Biltgen and Mr Constantinos Lycourgos were elected Presidents for their respective Chambers of three judges for a period of one year.
Full Curriculum vitae of the 28 judges and 9 Advocates General may be found at http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/Jo2_7026/