The same day that European Commission President José Manuel Barroso announced Romania’s pledge to comply with all EU requirements on judicial independence and rule of law (see
Europolitics4468), the parliament in Bucharest adopted, on 18 July, two emergency decrees which limit the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court – and which the EU wanted repealed. Parliament now responds in front of the highest court only on matters affecting the constitution, but is immune when deciding on internal matters. This means that the previous and fast removal of the house speakers cannot be challenged before the court. Parliament also extended the voting hours in the referendum and upheld an EU request that a majority of registered citizens must come to the polls for the vote to be valid.