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Biltgen takes next step to become ECJ judge
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Biltgen takes next step to become ECJ judge

12.06.2013 From our online archive
Luxembourg's former Justice Minister, François Biltgen, has passed the next step in the process of becoming a judge at the European Court of Justice.

(CS) Luxembourg's former Justice Minister, François Biltgen, has passed the next step in the process of becoming a judge at the European Court of Justice.

Biltgen passed a hearing with an expert commission and is now on the road to becoming the successor of outgoing judge Jean-Jacques Kasel, who will step down from his post in October this year.

Biltgen's mandate will initially run until 2015, but can then be extended for six years.

The current EU Presidency, Ireland, has to officially confirm Biltgen's appointment to the President of the European Court of Justice. This could happen within the next two weeks.

Biltgen had announced earlier this year that he would step down from his ministerial posts, following the early resignation of Jean-Jacques Kassel from due to illness.

Before he resigned, Biltgen held several ministerial posts including Minister of Justice, Media and Communications, Higher Education, Public Service and Administrative Reform, and Religious Affairs.

His resignation, together with that of Family and Integration Minister Marie-Josée Jacobs, led to a major cabinet reshuffle.