German Christian-Democratic deputy Elma Brok, member of the European Popular Party board, told Deutsche Welle on Monday that the result of the May 19 referendum that had President Traian Basescu return to power proves the urgent need for early elections in Romania.

He believes that the pro-presidential vote on Saturday shows the backing of Romanian voters for the continuation of the fight against corruption and of reforms in the Justice system.

Brok said early elections would help turn the will of the Romanian people into future legisdlation.

He also said that in the event of early elections, he would immediately call the European Commission to put up a report describing how Romania must fulfill accession criteria. “Otherwise, the safeguard clauses provided in the [accession] treaty must be applied”, he warned.