Poland broke EU law by trying to lower age of retirement for judges

“In June the ECJ found that a 2018 law to force the retirement of 40% of supreme court judges was in breach of EU law” writes Jennifer Rankin for The European Union’s highest court has ruled that Poland broke the law when it sought to lower the retirement age for judges, in a further defeat for the country’s nationalist government.The court also objected to a provision in the 2017 law that empowered Poland’s justice minister to allow some judges to work beyond the statutory retirement age.Since taking office in 2015 the nationalist Law and Justice party has been on a collision course with the EU over the rule of law.Tuesday’s judgment addressed the 2017 law that lowered the retirement age for ordinary judges and public prosecutors to 65 for men and 60 for women, down from 67 for both sexes.

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