On judicial appointments
We’re quite frustrated at the attitude of some Member States with regard to judicial appointments, which, to put it mildly, is disgraceful
First, because in spite of having been urged by the Court to confirm whether they would maintain or replace their judges, many Member States have remained totally inactive, thus effectively hampering the Court from planning its activities for the upcoming months. Second, because they fail to realize that continuity is a positive thing at an institution of this sort. Third, because they have found it impossible to agree on an increase in the number of judges and continue to lose time fighting as kids over who gets to nominate more judges. Fourth, because they fail to grasp the relevance of the Courts and of their members, and therefore take appointments lightly (hence the rejections of several unsuitable candidates proposed by Malta, Bulgaria, Sweden and Greece by the 255 Committee, which are shameful not for the individuals concerned, but for whoever nominates them).
We’ve said it before, but WE’LL SAY IT LOUDER NOW: WHY ON EARTH CANNOT MEMBER STATES FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF, E.G.,THE NETHERLANDS, THE UK, SLOVENIA OR CROATIA AND START SELECTING CANDIDATES PURSUANT TO OPEN MERITS-BASED FRAND COMPETITIONS?