2 TĂNASE v. MOLDOVA JUDGMENT 4. The application was allocated to the Fourth Section of the Court (Rule 52 § 1 of the Rules of Court). In a joint decision and judgment dated 18 November 2008, a Chamber of that Section, composed of Nicolas Bratza, Lech Garlicki, Giovanni Bonello, Ljiljana Mijović, Davíd Thór Björgvinsson, Ledi Bianku and Mihai Poalelungi, judges, and Fatoş Aracı, Deputy Section Registrar, found, by a majority, the application in respect of Mr Chirtoacă inadmissible; declared, unanimously, the application in respect of Mr Tănase admissible; held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 3 of Protocol No. 1; and found, unanimously, that it was not necessary to examine separately the complaint under Article 14 taken in conjunction with Article 3 of Protocol No. 1. 5. On 6 April 2009, following a request by the Government, the panel of the Grand Chamber decided to refer the case to the Grand Chamber in accordance with Article 43 of the Convention. 6. The composition of the Grand Chamber was determined according to the provisions of Article 27 §§ 2 and 3 of the Convention and Rule 24. Judge Jean-Paul Costa was unable to attend the second deliberations. Judge Peer Lorenzen took over the presidency of the Grand Chamber in the examination of the application and Judge Corneliu Bîrsan, first substitute, became a full member (Rule 11). 7. The remaining applicant, Mr Tănase, and the Government each filed observations on the merits. In addition, third-party comments were received from the Romanian Government, which had exercised its right to intervene (Article 36 § 1 of the Convention and Rule 44 § 1 (b)). 8. A hearing took place in public in the Human Rights Building, Strasbourg, on 16 September 2009 (Rule 59 § 3). There appeared before the Court: (a) for the Government MR V. GROSU, (b) for the applicant Ms J. HANGANU, (c) for the Romanian Government MR R.-H. RADU, MS D. TASE, MS I. POPESCU, MS I. CIOPONEA, Agent; Counsel; Agent, Advisers. The Court heard addresses by Mr Grosu, Ms Hanganu and Mr Radu.