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Romania Can’t Bar Judges From Ensuring Rules Comply With EU Law

  • EU top court rules in new challenge to primacy of bloc’s laws
  • Romanian court sought guidance on independence of judges
The European Union Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

The European Union Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

Photographer: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

Romania can’t bar judges from checking whether national rules are in line with European Union law, the bloc’s top court said in a ruling amid growing numbers of challenges to the EU’s legal order.

Doing so “would undermine the principle of the primacy of EU law” and “undermine the effectiveness of the cooperation between” the bloc’s top court and national tribunals, the EU Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday.