PETER TEFFER, EU court reports increase in workload, EuObserver, 17.02.2017
Individuals and companies brought 974 new cases to the European Union’s Court of Justice in 2016, compared to 831 new cases the year before.
Statistics released by the court on Friday (17 February) supported a claim from judge Marc Jaeger that the court’s “workload is constantly increasing”.
The institution consists of two courts.
The General Court, of which Jaeger is president, deals mostly with cases from individuals and companies.
A second court, called simply the Court of Justice, interprets EU law when requested by national judges.
In April 2016, Jaeger defended the decision made by member states to double the number of judges from 28 to 56.
The decision was not based on objective criteria of how many judges were needed, but rather a political solution to the issue that member states could not agree: every country wanted to nominated his or her judge.
When EUobserver pointed out that the number of new cases brought before the General Court in 2015 was 831, down from 912 in 2014, Jaeger said there is an increase when looking “not [at] the annual figure, but the median of the three years”.