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New judge appointed to EU's General Court

27.09.2021
Latvia's Pēteris Zilgalvis was sworn in to the Luxembourg-based court at a ceremony on Monday
Pēteris Zilgalvis was sworn in as a judge at a ceremony at the EU's General Court on Monday
Pēteris Zilgalvis was sworn in as a judge at a ceremony at the EU's General Court on Monday
Photo credit: EU Court of Justice

The General Court of the European Union has appointed Pēteris Zilgalvis from Latvia as a new judge. He was officially sworn in on Monday and his term of office at the Luxembourg-based court is due to run until August 2025.

Zilgalvis previously served as head of several units at the European Commission, including Infectious Diseases and Public Health, between 2005 and this year.

The General Court of the European Union is part of the top EU court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), which is also based in the Grand Duchy. Some cases are heard in this court before being passed on to the ECJ.

The General Court was due to gradually increase from 28 judges to 56 from February last year, giving each EU country two judges instead of one. Following the UK’s exit from the EU, the court will now have 54 judges.

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