EU accession sees ECJ budget hike

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is set to increase its budget by 50 per cent to cope with the increase in caseload and translation caused by May’s accession to the EU of 10 new member countries from Eastern and Southern Europe.

Figures obtained by The Lawyer show that the ECJ’s 2003 budget of e156.6m (£103.4m) is to increase to e235m (£155.2m) this year.

An official said the increase was “principally due to the impact of enlargement on the structure of the court”, including the appointment of 10 new judges in the full ECJ and the Court of First Instance and their personal staff.

There will also be increased staffing in both courts’ registries, the ECJ research department and its administrative offices.