Romania will hold its first elections to the European Parliament on 25 November, Prime Minister Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu announced on 22 August, ending months of suspense.
'The eyes of Europe will be on us and the government will take all necessary measures to pass this test without any problems', Popescu-Tăriceanu told a press conference in Bucharest.
The government initially set the election date for 13 May, but later postponed it, owing to the tense political climate at the height of an ongoing feud between Popescu-Tăriceanu and President Traian Băsescu. Romania has 35 MEPs, who were appointed to the European Parliament by their government upon accession to the EU.
The equivalent elections in Bulgaria, the other country to accede to the EU in 2007, took place on May 20.
23 August 2007