The Amendment of Chapter IV of the European Constitution has reached the voting phase. As dictated by the Constitution, polls close after 72 hours at 7:30 GMT on 25 February 2008.
The amendment reads as follows:
Chapter IV [European Court of Justice]
Article XIX [European Court of Justice: jurisdiction]
1. The European Court of Justice shall rule
1a. on the interpretation of this Constitution in the event of disputes concerning the extent of the rights and duties of the European Commission or the rules of procedure of any European body;
1b.in the event of disagreements or doubts respecting the formal or substantive compatibility of a proposed acts of the European Council, before their implementation, with this Constitution, or the compatibility of a European law with this Constitution, on submission from the Premier Commissioner, or from two of the members of the European Commission, or from four of the members of the European Council;
1c. on other disputes involving European law between the European Commission and one or more member states, and between different member states;
1d. on constitutional complaints, which may be filed by any member state alleging that one of its constitutional rights has been infringed by a regional authority;
1e. on crimes deemed by the European Council to be crimes of war or crimes against humanity.
2. In the cases provided for by the preceding paragraph, the European Court of Justice must rule within 14 days. However, at the Premier Commissioner?s request, this period shall be reduced to eight days if a matter is urgent.
3. In these same cases, referral to the European Court of Justice shall suspend any vote on the proposed act.
Article XX [Voidability]
1. A provision declared unconstitutional may not be implemented.
2. The decisions of the European Court of Justice shall not be subject to appeal to any jurisdiction. They shall be binding on the European authorities and on all state-level administrative and jurisdictional authorities.
Article XXI[European Court of Justice: composition]
1. The European Court of Justice shall consist of four justices and one chief justice whose term of office shall last 60 days.
2. Similar electoral provisions and procedures are applied for the election of the justices of the European Court of Justice as to that applied for the election of the European Commission
3. In event of the complete absence or incapacitation of any justices, as judged by the European Council, the European Commission may appoint replacement interim justices for a nonrenewable period of fourteen (14) days. Elections for the absent justices must be held ahead of the expiration of the interim justices? term.
4. No justice may be from the same country of origin as the Premier Commissioner.