Rule of Law: European Commission takes next step in infringement procedure to protect the independence of the Polish Supreme Court

Today, the European Commission decided to send a Reasoned Opinion to Poland regarding the Polish law on the Supreme Court. The new Polish law on the Supreme Court lowers the retirement age of Supreme Court judges from 70 to 65, which puts 27 out of 72 sitting Supreme Court judges at risk of being forced … Continue reading Rule of Law: European Commission takes next step in infringement procedure to protect the independence of the Polish Supreme Court

Advocate General’s Opinion in Case C-221/17 M.G. Tjebbes and Others v Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken

Advocate General Mengozzi proposes that the Court should rule that the automatic loss of Netherlands nationality, which leads to the loss of citizenship of the EU, for minors living outside the EU is incompatible with EU law. A number of Netherlands citizens possessing a second nationality of a non-EU country brought proceedings before courts in … Continue reading Advocate General’s Opinion in Case C-221/17 M.G. Tjebbes and Others v Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken

The term ‘spouse’ within the meaning of the provisions of EU law on freedom of residence for EU citizens and their family members includes spouses of the same sex

Although the Member States have the freedom whether or not to authorise marriage between persons of the same sex, they may not obstruct the freedom of residence of an EU citizen by refusing to grant his same-sex spouse, a national of a country that is not an EU Member State, a derived right of residence … Continue reading The term ‘spouse’ within the meaning of the provisions of EU law on freedom of residence for EU citizens and their family members includes spouses of the same sex

Rule of Law: European Commission acts to defend judicial independence in Poland

Despite repeated efforts, for almost two years, to engage the Polish authorities in a constructive dialogue in the context of the Rule of Law Framework, the Commission has concluded that there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law in Poland. The Commission is therefore proposing to the Council to … Continue reading Rule of Law: European Commission acts to defend judicial independence in Poland