Yonko Grozev Elected as Bulgaria's Judge to ECHRBulgaria in EU | January 28, 2015, Wednesday // 07:41| views
Yonko Grozev. File photo
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) elected Yonko Grozev as a judge to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in respect of Bulgaria on Tuesday.
Grozev was elected with an absolute majority for a non-renewable term of nine years, winning 108 out of the 202 votes that were cast in total.
He was one of the three candidates that were proposed by the Bulgarian government in the autumn of 2014.
Grozev is to succeed the incumbent judge Zdravka Kalaydjieva, who is to vacate her office in March.
Although judges are elected in respect of a state, they hear cases as individuals and do not represent that state as they have to retain independence and impartiality.