Poland reverses Supreme Court law

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Poland reversed its Supreme Court law, that lowered the retirement age from 70 to 65, after criticism from the European Court of Justice.  The law was implemented in October 2018; forcing around a third of the Supreme Court judges into early retirement.

On 17 December 2018, President Andrzej Duda formalised the action. The judges that were forced into early retirement will therefore be reinstated.

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Previous warnings by the EU regarding this rule were neglected by Poland. The EU therefore referred Poland to the Court of  Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

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EurActiv, 21.11.18: Poland reverses Supreme Court law changes after EU ruling https://www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/news/poland-reverses-supreme-court-law-changes-after-eu-ruling/
Reuters, 21.11.18: Poland reverses Supreme Court law changes after EU ruling https://www.reuters.com/article/us-poland-eu-court/poland-backtracks-on-supreme-court-law-contested-by-eu-idUSKCN1NQ0VD?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FworldNews+%28Reuters+World+News%29
Euro|topics, November 2018: Poland suspends forced retirement of judges https://www.eurotopics.net/en/210406/poland-suspends-forced-retirement-of-judges
BBC News, 21.11.18: Poland reverses law on removing judges following EU court ruling https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46296859
BBC News, 17.12.18: Poland reinstates Supreme Court judges following EU ruling https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46600425

Politico, 21.11.18: Poland rows back on controversial Supreme Court law https://www.politico.eu/article/poland-rows-back-on-controversial-supreme-court-law/
EurActiv, 18.12.18: Poland bows to EU court reversal of Supreme Court retirements https://www.euractiv.com/section/future-eu/news/poland-bows-to-eu-court-reversal-of-supreme-court-retirements/

CJEU: Press release, 17.12.18: Order of the Court in Case C-619/18 R Commission v Poland https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/p1_1534878/en/

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