Iulia Motoc has been elected by a plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to be Romania’s judge at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), MP Alina Gorghiu of the National Liberal Party (PNL), a member on the Romanian delegation at PACE told Agerpres. Gorghiu said Motoc should remember the judges elected to ECHR are not there to represent the interests of their home countries, insisting that she believes Motoc will be unbiased. On June 26, the judiciary and human rights committees of the Romanian Senate and Chamber of Deputies issued favourable opinions on the bids of three judges for the office of ECHR judge: Bianca Gutan, Florin Streteanu and Tudor Pantiru and a negative opinion on Motoc’s bid. In August, the group of PACE consultative experts asked the Romanian Government for additional clarifications on one of the candidates on the list of Romania’s proposals for the ECHR office. The term in office of Romania’s current ECHR judge Corneliu Birsan expires on December 16, 2013.