The European Union’s highest court has ruled that Poland’s lowering of the retirement age for its supreme court judges violates EU law.
In response to the judgment of the Court, the European Commission has stated that it stands ready to support the Polish Government in the application of this judgment.
The Polish law on the Supreme Court lowered the retirement age of Supreme Court judges from 70 to 65, putting 27 out of 72 sitting Supreme Court judges at risk of being forced to retire. This measure also applied to the First President of the Supreme Court, whose 6-year mandate, set out in the Polish Constitution, would be prematurely terminated.