The 2011 proposal of the European Court of Justice aiming to increase the number of judges of the General Court has mutated after four years into a complete change of the EU judicial system. This long legislative debate was the first implementation of the Lisbon Treaty in the judicial domain. It has revealed different problems – formal and substantial – of the approach of public service reform in the European institutions. In this paper, Franklin Dehousse analyses and compares the 2011 proposal, the 2013 compromise, the 2014 proposal and draws lessons for judicial management and the exercise of the Court’s legislative power.
Franklin Dehousse is professor (on sabbatical in abeyance) at the University of Liège, and judge at the General Court. The paper is written in collaboration with Benedetta Marsicola, who is legal assistant in the General Court. This article is written in a strictly personal capacity.
The paper can be downloaded here.