EC refers Poland to the European Court of Justice

EC refers Poland to the European Court of Justice

The move of the EU Commission is aimed at protecting the independence of the Polish Supreme Court

On Monday the European Commission decided to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU for an alleged breach of the independence of its supreme court, the latest showdown between Brussels and populist member state governments. The EC also asked the Court of Justice to order interim measures until it has issued a judgment on the case. In a statement the Commission maintains that the implementation of the contested retirement regime for Supreme Court judges in the country is being accelerated and is creating a risk of serious and irreparable damage to judicial independence in Poland, and therefore of the EU legal order since it undermines the union's founding democratic and rule of law values.

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