Sunday, July 30, 2017

Poland Belittles EU's Lawsuit on Court Overhaul; Says EU Charges of Discrimination Lack Authority

Poland rejected a move by the European Union (EU) yesterday for a probable lawsuit to halt the just-passed overhaul of the country's lower courts, claiming the EU lacked such authority, the Bloomberg Politics website reports today (July 30, 2017).

The escalation in an almost two-year row over court independence and the government's respect for the rule of law opens the way for the EU to file suit.

Polish President Andrzej Duda signed into law last week several significant changes in the common courts, which the commission says violate EU rules.

Among the changes in Poland's courts that the EU says violates EU discrimination is one in which Poland has set a retirement age of 60 for female judges but 65 for male judges.

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