Romania’s representatives in the European Parliament were allowed by the Strasbourg-based institution to keep their seats in the Romanian Parliament until the first round of European elections are organized in the country, after it joins the EU in January next year.

The permanent boards of the two chambers of the Romanian Parliament are due to send EP President Josep Borrell a list of Romanian Euro-observers who will become MEPs on January 1, 2007 by Thursday. So far, only three of the parliamentary groups in the country have announced their nominations in this regard.