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Judge Ena Cremona gets another six-year mandate

Judge Ena Cremona, who has been sitting on the European Court of First Instance, in Luxembourg, since Malta's accession to the EU in 2004, has been re-appointed to serve for another six-year term, the court said yesterday.

The decision to renew Judge Cremona's mandate was taken by the representatives of the governments of the EU member states following a recommendation by the Maltese government.

Her new appointment now runs from September 1, 2007 to August 31, 2013.

Born in 1936, Judge Cremona graduated as a lawyer from the University of Malta in 1958. Apart from exercising her legal profession, she also served on many public bodies. She was a member of the Public Service Commission between 1987 and 1989, represented the government on the board of directors of Lombard Bank and was a member of the Electoral Commission.

The EU's Court of First Instance is made up of at least one judge from each member state. Judges are appointed for a renewable mandate of six years.

The court has jurisdiction over a number of actions under EU law. This can vary from direct action brought by natural or legal persons against acts of Community institutions to actions brought by member states against the Commission.

The rulings made by the Court of First Instance may, within two months, be subject to an appeal, limited to questions of law, to the Court of Justice.

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