The national commission for electing candidates for a Judge of the European Court of Human Rights has selected three candidates for the post – Deputy Minister of Justice Vladimir Grosu, lawyer Valeriu Gritco, and lawyer and university professor Mihai Buruiana.
The three candidacies will be shortly presented to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which will elect an ECHR Judge from the Republic of Moldova.
On Monday, all applicants were subjected to a written exam that lasted 2 hours. The works were thoroughly checked by the commission, and took a final decision following several hours of debate.
At the beginning of the contest on Monday, one of the applicants, prominent Moldovan lawyer Vitalie Nagacevschi, voiced discontent about the commission’s personal composition. He requested Minister of Justice Oleg Efrim, Moldova’s Acting Representative at the ECHR Liliana Apostu and Cristina Melnic of the Ministry of Justice to abstain from discussing candidates, as they are close colleagues of applicant Vladimir Grosu. However, the commission rejected Nagacevschi’s request.
As already reported by Infotag, the ECHR Judge’s post became vacant last April when its holder Mihai Poalelungi had been elected as Chairman of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Republic of Moldova, so he resigned as an ECHR Judge.