Protocol concerning the conditions and arrangements for admission of the Republic of Bulgaria and Romania to the European Union - PART FOUR:TEMPORARY PROVISIONS - TITLE II:INSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS - Article 21


Published: 2005-04-25

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Protocol concerning the conditions and arrangements for admission of the Republic of Bulgaria and Romania to the European Union - PART FOUR:TEMPORARY PROVISIONS - TITLE II:INSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS - Article 21

Official Journal L 157 , 21/06/2005 P. 0035 - 0035


Article 21

1. In Article 1(2) of Protocol No 34 on the transitional provisions relating to the institutions and bodies of the Union, annexed to the Constitution and to the EAEC Treaty, the following subparagraph shall be added:

"By way of derogation from the maximum number of Members of the European Parliament fixed in Article I-20(2) of the Constitution, the number of Members of the European Parliament shall be increased to take account of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania with the following number of Members from those countries for the period running from the date of accession until the beginning of the 2009‐2014 term of the European Parliament:

Bulgaria 18

Romania 35".

2. Before 31 December 2007, Bulgaria and Romania shall each hold elections to the European Parliament, by direct universal suffrage of their citizens, for the number of Members fixed in paragraph 1, in accordance with the provisions of the Act concerning the election of the Members of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage [4].

3. By way of derogation from Article I-20(3) of the Constitution, if elections are held after the date of accession, the Members of the European Parliament representing the citizens of Bulgaria and Romania for the period running from the date of accession until each of the elections referred to in paragraph 2, shall be appointed by the Parliaments of those States within themselves in accordance with the procedure laid down by each of those States.

[4] OJ L 278, 8.10.1976, p. 5. Act as last amended by Council Decision 2002/772/EC, Euratom (OJ L 283, 21.10.2002, p. 1).

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