EU executive launches action against Poland over judiciary reform

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 29, 2017 6:42 AM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission has launched legal action against Poland's reforms to its judiciary and given Warsaw a month to respond, it said on Saturday.

EU commissioners decided to launch the "infringement procedure" at a meeting on Wednesday, pending publication of Poland's new law, over concerns that it undermined the independence of judges and breached EU rules.

The Commission said in a statement that its key concern about Poland's law on organization of its ordinary courts was the introduction of different retirement ages for female judges (60) and male judges (65).

It said it was also concerned by the power given to Poland's minister of justice to extend the mandate of judges who had reached retirement age.

(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; editing by Jason Neely)