June 20, 2019 / 8:24 AM / a month ago

Poland's new retirement rules for judges break EU laws - EU court adviser

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Poland’s new retirement rules for judges, introduced in 2017, break European Union law, the advocate general for the EU’s top court said in an opinion on Thursday in a blow to the Poland’s euro-sceptic government.

“The contested measures violate the prohibition of discrimination on grounds of sex and the principles of irremovability of judges and of judicial independence,” the advocate general said in a statement.

The EU Court of Justice is not bound by its adviser’s opinion but usually follows it in the majority of cases.

Reporting By Foo Yun Chee and Jan Strupczewski

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