President 'waits calmly' for top EU judges decision on Polish Supreme Court
PR dla Zagranicy
President Andrzej Duda has said that he is "waiting calmly" for a top European Union court's decision on Poland's controversial Supreme Court reform.
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In an interview for the Super Express daily, Duda said that the speed with which the Court of Justice of the European Union considers Brussels' case against Poland will be an indicator of "the political subtext" of the case.
Polish officials have previously slammed Brussels for interfering with internal issues.
On Wednesday, the European Commission stepped up its procedure against Poland over the Supreme Court, launching a case at the European Union court.
The commission requested that the reform of the Supreme Court is suspended until European judges rule on the Polish reforms, which Brussels claimed undermined the "irremovability of judges" and the independence of the judiciary.
The reform saw a number of judges aged 65 and over forced into retirement.
But Poland has defended the reform as "much needed".
Since coming into power in late 2015, the ruling conservative Law and Justice party has introduced sweeping judicial changes to reform an inefficient and sometimes corrupt judicial system.
Those changes previously landed Poland in hot water.
The European Commission last December took the unprecedented step of triggering Article 7 of the EU Treaty against Poland, stepping up pressure on Warsaw over controversial changes to the judicial system by the country’s ruling conservatives.