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30 Oct 2008 EN Call for Videos: Democracy Video Challenge

The Government of the USA has launched a video competition where the winner gets an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, New York and Hollywood. The clip should end with a sentence "Democracy is ...". Submission deadline is 31st January 2009. Read more ...


24 Oct 2008 EN Polish Prezident Kaczynski waiting for Ireland

The ratification process of the Lisbon treaty has been paused in Poland due to Mr. Kaczynski´s waiting for clearing up of the situation in Ireland. Considering it as a break of a promise given in July 2008, Mr. Sarkozy is willing to end the mutual confusion during his official visit to Poland in December this year. Po polsku tutaj..., in English here..., v češtině zde...


22 Oct 2008 EN Czech Supreme Court ready for a verdict  

Czech Constitutional Court officially announced that a verdict on a legal harmony between Czech Constitution and the Lisbon Treaty should be delivered on 10 November 2008. Prime minister Topolanek (Civic Democratic Party) would welcome if the Treaty was ratified by the end of 2008, before  the Czech Presidency starts. Read more..., v češtině zde...


20 Oct 2008 EN Politicians hatch plan to force second vote
A Sunday Times source told the newspaper that plans to force a second vote were discussed during an EP meeting in Paris. Those present at the meetings discussed how to “cuddle and pamper” the Irish while at the same time “making pressures on them”. Politicians want Ireland to believe the EU will respect the country’s sovereignty and demands, while telling the Irish people how the other 495m Europeans are watching them and “will be really angry” if the answer is no again. Read more...


17 Oct 2008 EN IND/DEM Warning Advertisement

Independence/Democracy Group advertises an article on riscs linked to the ratification of the Lisbon treaty in the Czech republic with a special focus on the issue of anti-discrimination article embodied in the Treaty and empowerment of EU Court in Luxembourg. Adressing Czech elected representatives, the article refferes to principles of legitimity and responsivity. Read more in Cz... Čtěte zde...


17 Oct 2008 EN Ireland meets EU lawyers: working on Lisbon opt-outs

Irish government and EU Council legal services are likely to work on opt-outs from the Lisbon treaty, with a special focus on EU military integration, taxation and civil rights. Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen pledged to come up with a road map for December EU Summit, however, no solution is likely to be in place by EP elections in Summer 2009. Read here...


14 Oct 2008 EN Mr Sobotka: Brussels far from citizens´reality

Without knowing the Irish position statement there can´t be any debates about ratification of the Lisbon treaty in the Czech republic, says Mr Sobotka, Prezident of the Czech Senate in the interview for Czech Parliament Bulletin. Lisbon treaty ratification might be understood as rushing with a project of a strong Europe, that is feasible in a horizont of 100 or 200 years. Nowadays, EU Member states are hardly ready for being a part of EU superstate, adds Mr. Sobotka. Read more... (in Czech)


30 Sep 2008 EN Irish Referendum 2009: Public Debates start now

The Commission will host a series of post-Lisbon debates in Ireland in next weeks to address citizens' concerns, in collaboration with Irish well-known speakers. These include fears that the new treaty would annul the country's traditional neutrality, that Irish soldiers would be conscripted into an EU army, but also a threat to Irish cultural heritage. Read more...


30 Sep 2008 EN UK Conservatives pledged Lisbon Treaty referendum  

William Hague, british Shadow Foreign Secretary, declared at the Tories annual conference (held on 28 Sep 08 in Birmingham)  that if the Lisbon Treaty were unratified and on the table at the point the conservatives take office, than a referendum would be run in the UK. Conservative Party leader David Cameron has pledged to run next year's European elections on a promise to hold a referendum. Read more…, v češtině zde...


17 Sep 2008 EN Juncker: Lisbon Treaty unlikely to come into effect until 2010

The Lisbon treaty is unlikely to come into effect until January 2010, said Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg´s prime minister, being at the same time the first politician to openly acknowledge the adoption would not take place next year. Mr Juncker and Swedish Minister of EU Affairs Cecilia Malmström both prefer waiting with second popular voting in Ireland: “Given the economic crisis we’re living in, given the confidence that’s lacking, given that governments are increasingly unpopular all over Europe, organising a referendum around a European treaty is a dangerous road to take,“ said Juncker for Le Monde. Read more... , v češtině zde.


11 Sep 2008 - EN Second referendum fixed
An internal Irish EU briefing paper, entitled "The Solution to the Irish Problem", has shown that a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty is highly likely. It is now expected that Ireland will hold a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty in autumn 2009. Read more…


11 Sep 2008 - EN Why the Irish voted no
Research into why the Irish voted no to the Lisbon Treaty has been released today by the Irish government. It shows that lack of information was the number one reason for people voting no. Other reasons included neutrality and corporate tax. Read more…


10 Sep 2008 - EN Czechs need to change constitution to ratify Treaty
The Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek has admitted that there may be a possible “disharmony” between the Lisbon Treaty and the Czech constitution. He suggests that to over come this impasse the Czech Republic can either negotiate opt-outs from the treaty, or change the Czech Constitution. Topolánek favours the latter option. Read more…


01 Sep 08 - EN Czech Constitutional Challenge
The Czech Constitutional Court has started a factual legislative inspection of the legislative correspondence Lisabon Treaty - Czech Constitution. According to the Chair of the Constitutional Court, Mr. Rychetsky, the analysis should address 7 articles in question and articles related, not the whole Lisbon Treaty. Once the resolution delivered, it has no status of res judicata and consequently all Czech political institutions still keep right to reopen the case. German and French Constitutional Resolutions were inspiring in this leading case. The Czech quorum is 3/5 of the Constitutional judges, their approach remains unknown so far. A full transcription of the interview please read here in Czech...


28 Aug 08 - EN Cowen Does Not Rule Out Second Referendum
After the recent announcement by the Minister of State for European Affairs Dick Roche that another referendum will ultimately be required, the Irish Prime Minister has said that another referendum is something that they would coinsider in due course.  Read more...


22 July 2008 - EN The Lisbon Treaty and The Radar-Base Treaty: Interference of politics
The Czech Prime Minister, Mirek Topolanek (ODS), foresees a possible interference while ratification of two Treaties that have been recently discussed in the Czech Republic: the Treaty on Anti-missile Radar Base and the Lisbon Treaty. According to a statement he made last week, the possible refusal of the Treaty on American Radar Base could negatively effect the attitude of Czech ODS MPs towards the Lisbon Treaty. A mutual conditioning of Treaties and a joint-decision making process is a logical step. However the opposition party (CSSD) is against the plan set by the ODS, claiming that they avoiding having to deal with the issues of each treaty. The ODS is however not unified on the issue of the Lisbon Treaty. Read more in Czech...


22 July 2008 - EN Irish No Campaigner has big plans for EU elections
Declan Ganley, President of Libertas has revealed his that he is planning to field more than 400 candidates in next June's European Parliament elections. All the MEPs shall stand on just one issue – ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. "We will tell people that Libertas is the box you put your X in if you want to vote 'No' to the Lisbon Treaty. It's clear, it's simple," said Declan Ganley. Read more…


22 July 2008 - EN Sarkozy suggests Irish revote in June 2009
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has suggested that the Irish hold another referendum on the same day as the European parliamentary elections in June 2009. Sarkozy’s plan is to guarantee of a commissioner for every member state alongside non-legally-binding declarations - not protocols or opt-outs - targeting perceived Irish concerns around abortion and defence, among other issues. Read more...


22 July 2008 - EN The Czech Society deeply confused about the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty

The Czech population is deeply confused about the Lisbon Treaty and its ratification by the Czech Parliament. Results of a poll carried out by STEM Research Agency in June 2008 indicated that 47% of the Czech population agrees with ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, whereas a majority of about 53% is against ratification. More importantly, only 23% of the population claim to have a profound knowledge of the treaty, the rest either does not understand properly or has absolutely no knowledge about the issue. The percentage of the "No" group has increased slightly after the Irish rejection of the Lisbon Treaty. However, public awareness of the Lisbon Treaty has been on the same level for last six months since the monthly polls were realised. Read more in Czech...


18 July 2008 - EN Sarkozy visit on Lisbon vote plunges into chaos
Plans for Sarkozy's visit to France have plunged into chaos due to the poor level of organisation, in what the Irish are now calling the "French Farce". The open forum with members from both the yes and no campaigns have been cancelled, and it is still unknown who will be meeting with M. Sarkozy on Monday.  Read more...


18 July 2008 - EN Stuart Wheeler loses right to appeal
Stuart Wheeler who brought a court case against the British parliament to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, has lost his application of leave to appeal. Read more...


17 July 2008 - EN Uk ratifies Treaty but court case goes on
The UK has officially finished the ratification process.  However the court case against not holding a referendum on the treaty continues.  For more information see our United Kingdom page


11 July 2008 - EN Belgian Parliament approves Treaty
The Flemish parliament passed the Lisbon Treaty yesterday. It was the final of Belgium's eight Parliaments to approve the Treaty. Read more...


4 July 2008 - EN Cypriot parliament ratifies Treaty
The Cypriot Parliament ratified the Lisbon Treaty yesterday with 31 MPs in favour of the treaty and 17 against. Read more...


27 June 2008 - EN Austrian leader calls for referendum if EU treaty changed
The Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer has said that if the Lisbon Treaty were changed, due to the Irish rejection of it, the changed treaty should be put to a referendum in Austria. Read more...


25 June 2008 EN - Czech President says treaty cannot come into force
In an interview with El País Czech President Václav Klaus spoke out saying that the Lisbon Treaty is dead, and further ratification futile as one member state has rejected it. He states that the EU must not be based on ignoring its own rules and principles. Read more...


25 June 2008 - EN UK referendum court case fails
The case against the British government for not holding a promised referendum, brought by Stuart Wheeler has failed. Read more...


23 June 2008 EN Doubts emerging over Poland's Lisbon ratification
The Polish president has yet to sign of on the Lisbon Treaty for it to e ratified in Poland. However there are reports stating that he believes the treaty to be dead after the Irish no.  Just like with the European Constitution after the French and Dutch no votes. Read more...


22 June 2008 - EN Ireland comes under pressure to hold new referendum
Ireland is expected to bow to pressure from France and Germany to hold a new referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Although no time limit has been placed upon the Irish, it is believed that a spring referendum would be preferred so that the treaty could come into force before the 2009 European Parliament elections. Read more...


20 June 08 - EN British to postphone Ratification until after court case
Gordon Brown has said Britain will not ratify the EU Treaty until the High Court has ruled on a separate bid to force a British referendum. Read more...


11 Jun 08 - EN Irish 'no' camp says Paris hiding plans for EU defence
On the eve of Ireland's referendum on the EU treaty, the Irish "no" camp has accused France of trying to hide its intentions to push for beefing up EU military capabilities and creating an EU army commanded by Brussels. Read more...


10 Jun 08 - EN France warns Ireland on EU treaty 'no' vote
French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner has warned Ireland about the consequences of voting 'No' in Thursday's referendum, saying the Irish would be the "first victim" if they reject the EU treaty...Read more...


6 Jun 08 - EN Latest Irish poll shows EU treaty heading for defeat
The latest poll in Ireland has revealed a shock swing to the no side ahead of next week's vote on the EU's Lisbon treaty. Read more...


4 Jun 08 - EN Irish farmers back 'yes' to EU treaty
Ireland's biggest farmers' group on Tuesday (3 June) said it would encourage its members to vote in favour of the EU Lisbon treaty in a referendum on 12 June, with the decision expected to boost the "yes" side's result. Read more...

2 June 08 - EN EU accused of 'step back' on transparency
The EU's transparency watchdog will today strongly criticise the European Commission's commitment to openness, saying its recent proposals on document access represent a "step backwards." Read more...


30 May 08 - EN [COMMENT]: Velleity threatens Irish referendum, despite urgent global concerns
...It is not the case, as those who are urging a "no" vote are wont to claim, that by voting "no" you are voting for the status quo. That the next decade will simply be a repeat of the last decade and the one after that likewise. Read more...


26 May 08 - EN Voting gap narrows ahead of Irish referendum
The gap between the Yes and the No camps ahead of the EU treaty referendum in Ireland is narrowing, according to the latest poll. Read more...


23 May 08 - EN McCreevy admits he has not read Lisbon Treaty
Irish EU Commissioner Charlie McCreevy has admitted that he has not read the Lisbon Treaty. This comes shortly after the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Brian Cowen revealed that he neither had read the document that he and Commissioner McCreevy are urging the Irish people to vote in favour of.  Read more...


22 May 08 - EN Lisbon treaty not an easy sell
With just three weeks to go before Ireland's highly anticipated referendum on the Lisbon treaty, Ireland's European Commissioner has admitted that the document is hard to sell because it does not bring tangible benefits to the population. Read more...


22 May 08 - EN ICTU backs Lisbon Treaty
The pro-Lisbon Treaty camp has received a major boost after the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) announced it was backing a Yes vote. ICTU's Executive Council opted to support the document by a majority of 14 to five. But the announcement does not stop individual unions from rejecting the Treaty and two of the country's largest - Unite and the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union - have already advised members to vote no.


16 May 08 - EN Study sees no realistic Plan B in case of Irish EU treaty rejection
A rejection by Irish voters of the EU treaty in next month's referendum would be a "catastrophe" for Europe, as there is no credible Plan B, a new study has concluded. Read more...


15 May 08 - EN Irish PM takes hard line on EU treaty rebels
Irish prime minister Brian Cowen has warned that he will not tolerate opponents to the EU treaty from within his own party Fianna Fail, raising the prospect of explusion for any rebels. Read more...


13 May 08 - EN Dublin launches EU treaty 'yes' campaign
The Irish government has launched its campaign in favour of the EU treaty with the new prime minister, Brian Cowen, calling for a "yes" vote in next month's referendum. Read more...


9 Mai 07 - EN Danes likely to have referendums on treaty opt-outs
The Danish centre-right government has launched negotiations with opposition parties to agree on a strategy for scrapping opt-outs from the EU treaties, with the government hoping to abolish the derogations in two steps, according to Danish media reports. Read more...


9 May 08 - EN Latvia and Lithuania ratify the Lisbon Treaty
Slovenian Presidency welcomes the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty in the parliaments of Latvia and Lithuania. The two countries have thus joined the other Member States that had already endorsed the Treaty in their parliaments. Read more...


28 Apr 08 - EN 80% do not understand Lisbon - survey
A survey released by the Referendum Commission today found a very low level of understanding about the Lisbon Treaty among the public. Read more...


28 Apr 08 - EN Taoiseach warns No to Lisbon would be 'disaster'
A NO vote in the upcoming referendum on the Lisbon Treaty would be a "disaster for the country", the Taoiseach said yesterday. Bertie Ahern gave a stark warning  against complacency among voters and politicians, and spelled out the difficulties ...Read more


27 Apr 08 - EN Poll shows dramatic fall in support for Lisbon Treaty
Public opinion has moved sharply against the Lisbon Treaty, with the Yes side now enjoying only a slender lead, according to the latest Sunday Business Post/Red C monthly tracking poll. Support for the treaty has fallen from 43 per cent in February to 35 per cent today...Read more...


25 Apr 08 - EN Treaty to be examined by Czech and German courts
The Lisbon treaty is set to be examined to see if it breaches national laws in two member states. The Czech Senate on Thursday (24 April) voted in favour of asking the constitutional court to check whether the treaty is in line with Czech law. Read more...


24 Apr 08 - EN Denmark signs off on Lisbon Treaty
Denmark on Thursday (24 April) ratified the EU's new treaty, just a day after Portugal approved the document. The Danish parliament passed the document with 90 votes in favour and 25 against, although 64 deputies from the 179-seat parliament were absent. Read more...


23 Apr 08 - EN Portugal approves Lisbon Treaty
Portugal's parliament have approved the European Union reform treaty which was signed by the 27-nation bloc in Lisbon; during the country's EU presidency last year.The treaty still needs to be ratified by Portugal's President Anibal Cavaco Silva. Read more...


22 April 08 - EN UK court case over Lisbon Treaty begins
In the British High Court today, an attempt will be made to hold the Prime Minister and his Foreign Secretary to account for failing to keep the Government's repeated promises to the electorate on holding a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Read more...


21 Apr 08 - EN Entrepreneur backs No vote against Lisbon Treaty 'drivel'
ULICK McEVADDY, the prominent aviation entrepreneur, has publicly backed the campaign for a No vote in the Lisbon Treaty on the grounds that it is "unintelligible drivel" and will adversely affect Ireland's low tax regime. Read more...


21 Apr 08 - EN Tax harmonisation "by back door"threatens economy
Last week, Jose Manuel Barroso assured Irish business people that the Lisbon Treaty would not mean harmonised corporation taxes. He pointed out that we could veto any attempt to introduce CCCBT across the EU. Read more...


21 Apr 08 - EN Cherie Blair's firm hired to stop EU treaty
One of Britain's richest men has hired Cherie Blair's law firm to advise him on a £750,000 High Court battle that could force Gordon Brown to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Stuart Wheeler will go to the High Court in London tomorrow to seek a judicial review of the Government's decision. Read more...


20 Apr 08 - EN Lisbon treaty website launched
A new website providing information on the Lisbon Treaty was today launched to educate voters in advance of June’s crucial referendum. Established by the Referendum Commission, the independent body set up to boost public awareness on the issue, the site sets out what the treaty is about and how the EU will be changed if ratified. Read more...


18 April 08 - EN Farmers protest over trade deal fears
Over 10 000 farmers took to the streets of Dublin to protest against EU proposals they fear will destroy the Irish Beef and Dairy Industry. In reference to the upcoming World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks Padraig Walshe, President of the Irish Farmers Association said "Don't come back from Geneva having sold us out. Thousands of workers in the food industry will lose their jobs, hundreds of businesses will have to close down. Don't expect us to do your bidding in the referendum." Read more...


17 April 08 - EN Brussels delays budget reform talks
An open public debate on the EU budget's reform, launched last September, has been given two additional months, fuelling speculations that Brussels is trying to avoid a negative impact on the Lisbon Treaty's ratification in Ireland. Read more...


17 April 08 - EN EU commissioner distances herself from treaty e-mail
Margot Wallstrom - who was implicated in the leaked email scandel - has denied she told the Irish Government Brussels would "tone down" initiatives before the Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Read more...


17 April 08 - EN Commission denies claims in leaked memo
The European Commission has denied claim that it would put off announcing anything controversial until after the Irish referendum. A leaked British diplomatic email claims commission officials told Irish politicians that it was willing to tone down or delay messages that could be unhelpful during the referendum campaign. Read more...


16 April 08 - EN Irish MEP attacked after Treaty meeting
Irish Labour MEP Prionsias De Rossa was allegedly beaten up after a public meeting to discuss the Lisbon Treaty in Dublin last night. The local police are looking into this horrific event, but have not yet release any details. Read more...


16 April 08 - EN French report calls for revision of EU's reform plan
An internal French report on how Paris is performing in implementing economic reforms, included the EU's Lisbon agenda, shows France is lagging behind but also claims that the whole policy package should be radically revised, French media reported on Wednesday. Read more...


16 Avr 08 - EN Swedish EU commissioner distances herself from treaty e-mail
EU COMMISSIONER Margot Wallstrom has denied she told the Government Brussels would "tone down" initiatives before the Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Read more...


15 April 08 - EN Irish government embarrassed by leaked email
German chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Irish voters to back the EU treaty on the same day that the Irish government was embarrassed by a leaked email outlining what a UK diplomat says is Dublin's strategy for holding and winning a referendum. Read more...


14 Avr 08 - EN Merkel in Dublin Urges Irish to Say 'Yes' to EU
German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Irish voters Monday to allow the European Union to "continue to flourish" by voting in favor of the EU reform treaty in a referendum in June. Read more...


11 April 08 - EN Slovak Parliament Ratifies Treaty
Yesterday the Slovak Parliament approved the Lisbon Treaty.  103 MPsof the 150 member chamber voted in favour of the document.  Read more...


11 April 08 - EN Polish President signs first step towards ratification
The Polish President Lech Kaczynski has sign an authorization bill, which is the first stage of him ratifying the Lisbon Treaty. The Lisbon Treaty bill has been approved by both houses of the Polish Parliament. It will only become law once the President has signed it. Read more...


10 April 08 - EN Austria Ratifies Lisbon Treaty
Despite many protests calling for a referendum the Austrian Parliament has ratified the Lisbon Treaty, becoming the next country to deny its people the referendum they have asked for. Read more...


10 April 08 - EN Slovakia to vote on treaty despite press bill row
Despite not having clear up the issue over the Press Bill, which the Slovak opposition party has criticised and has said that they would not vote in favour of the treaty if the bill were not changed the Slovak government will today hold a vote on the Lisbon Treaty.  The bill has been criticised my democracy watchdogs like the OSCE.  Read more...


10 April 08 - EN Treaty behind change to neutrality clause - Malta
Malta's Campaign for National Independence (CNi) chairman and former Prime Minister Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici has stated that the real reason behind the Maltese government wanting to change the neutrality clause in the Constitution is because the ratified Lisbon Treaty imposes military alliances.  Read more...


09 Avr 08 - EN Cowen unveiled as Ahern's successor
Taoiseach-in-waiting Brian Cowen was publicly unveiled as Fianna Fáil party leader-designate today outside the Dáil this morning. Read more...


09 Avr 08 - EN Anti-Lisbon campaigners make case
Campaigners from a number of groups opposed to the Lisbon Treaty made presentations to the Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs yesterday, arguing that the treaty would undermine workers' rights, usher in a "European super state" with a military dimension and damage the interests and role of small member states like Ireland. Read more...


08 Avr 08 - EN Ahern to push for Yes vote on Lisbon
Ahern intends to play "an active role" in the campaign for a Yes vote on the Lisbon Treaty for EU Reform, even though he will have resigned as head of Government by the time the referendum takes place. Read more...


08 Avr 08 - EN Ahern one of several possible candidates for EU President
The President of the European Parliament has said Bertie Ahern is one of a number of possible candidates for the planned new position of EU President. Read more...


8 April 08 - EN France seeks to introduce common corporate tax plan
French Foreign Minister Christine Lagarde together with the EU Commissioner for tax Laszlo Kovacs have drawn up common rules for computing corporate taxes. The French Foreign Minister also supports the Commission's plan to introduce a common consolidated corporate tax base throughout the EU. Commission officials have indicated that the controversial tax plan would not be presented prior to the Irish referendum - for fear of a negative vote - however the proposal will be published this autumn. Read more...


8 April - EN Slovak President lashes out at treaty ratification wrangle
The Slovak president has commented on the delay of the Lisbon Treaty ratification in Slovakia.  The opposition party needs to support the government in order for the ratification bill to be passed in the parliament. Read more...


07 Avr 08 - EN Forceful Campaign Against Lisbon Treaty in Austria
Again, some 8000-10,000 protesting citizens in Vienna surrounded the parliament last Saturday; this action organized by the leftwing platform "Volksabstimmung," with participation by attac France. Read more...


7 April 08 - EN Lisbon Treaty Debates go on YouTube
The National Forum on Europe in Ireland has set up their own YouTube channel.  The channel will provide short clips of the meetings and prominent speakers making their case for and against the Lisbon Treaty. Read more...


3 April 08 - EN Polish opposition party want to put Treaty before Constitutional Tribunal
Senator Piotr Andrzejewski from the Polish Law and Justice Party told a Polish radio this morning that he intends to appeal to the Constitutional Tribunal against the Ratification Bill. Read more...


2 April 08 - EN Polish parliament approves EU treaty
The lower house of the Polish parliament approved the European Union's new treaty on Tuesday (1 April). The document was approved by 384 deputies from the 460-seat lower house, the Sejm. Read more...


2 April 08 - Taoiseach Bertie Ahern resigns


2 April 08 - EN Final attempt for EU treaty poll in UK set to fail
A final attempt by the British opposition to get a referendum on the EU's Lisbon treaty is close to failing after the Liberal Democrat members of the country's upper house suggested they would vote against such a move. Read more...


31 Mar 08 - EN Push for referendum on the UK not over
After passing through the House of Commons the bill needed to ratify the Lisbon Treaty now has to pass through the House of Lords - the upper house of the British parliament. There has been a creation of a cross party group within the Lords to make the Labour government honour their manifesto commitment on holding a referendum.  Read more...


31 Mar 08 - EN Deal is struck in Poland over Lisbon Treaty
The Polish government and opposition have struck a deal over the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. The ratification bill which could be voted on as early as next Tuesday will be accompanied by a resolution containing references to Poland's sovereignty - the opposition wanted to a preamble to the bill guaranteeing Poland's sovereignty . Read more...


28 Mar 08 - EN Sarkozy praises Brown over lack of democracy
French President Nicolas Sarkozy embarrased British Prime Minister yesterday by praising his "courage and loyalty" for not putting the Lisbon Treaty to a referendum. Read more...


27 Mar 08 - EN Slovakia still in difficulties over treaty ratification
The Slovakian parliamentary committee for media and culture has recommended the approval of a new Press Act for Slovakia.  However the opposition party says that the Act does not go far enough, and Slovakia cannot pass the treaty which includes the Fundamental Charter of Rights which includes the freedoms of expression and the press, and pass an Act which does not truly encompass these freedoms.  Read more...


26 Mar 08 - Would a No vote be bad for business?


26 Mar 08 - EN Portugal set to ratify treaty next month
The Portugese parliament is set to vote to ratify the lisbon treaty on the 23rd April.  It has been said that the vote is nothing more than a formality with the governing Socialist Party holding an absolute majority.  Read more...


21 Mar 08 - EN Bulgaria Ratifies Treaty
After only five hours of parliamentary debate, Bulgaria became the sixth country to ratify the Lisbon Treaty. Read more...


17 Mar 08 - EN Kaczynski twins threaten ratification of Lisbon Treaty
The Polish opposition, led by former Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has threatened not to approve the EU's Lisbon Treaty unless the ratification bill contains legal guarantees respecting Poland's sovereignty and its constitution ... Read more...


14 Mar 08 – EN Fairness should be restored for Lisbon poll
OPINION: The role assigned to the Referendum Commission in the wake of the 1995 Supreme Court judgment has been seriously weakened, writes Patricia McKenna. Read more...


14 Mar 08 - EN Merkel to travel to Ireland for EU treaty vote
German chancellor Angela Merkel is to travel to Ireland next month to help persuade Irish citizens to vote yes in the country's referendum on the EU treaty. She is expected to make a keynote speech in favour of the EU treaty, which Germany was largely responsible for putting together. Read more...


13 Mar 08 - 12th June looks set to be referendum date in Ireland


12 Mar 08 - EN Czech Parliament to debate treaty next week
The Czech Chamber of Deputies will begin debating on the Lisbon Treaty next week. The vote to pass the treaty is likely to take place during the autum.  This is so the Constitutional Court can rule on whether the treaty is compatible with the Czech Constitution and because some parties have suggested that the Treaty should not be passed without the full wording of the treaty which is not yet the case. Read more...


12 Mar 08 - EN Could Finland snuff out the Lisbon Treaty?
The European Union banned the sale of snuff with the exception of Sweden as it became an issue related to their accession. The government of the Finnish ireland  Aaland wants to still be able to sell snff in Swedish waters and if unable to do so might reject the Lisbon Treaty. Read more...


12 Mar 08 - EN Ireland to hold EU treaty referendum in June
The Irish government has indicated that the country's highly anticipated referendum on the EU treaty is to take place in the second week of June. The Irish media are suggesting it will probably fall on 12 June. Read more...


12 Mar 08 - Libertas launches its No Campaign


11 Mar 08 - EN German court to decide on EU treaty complaint
Germany's highest court is to decide upon a complaint brought by a German MP against the EU's latest treaty. Peter Gauweiler wants the country's constitutional court to decide on the legality of the Lisbon Treaty, currently undergoing ratification across the 27-member European Union. Read more...

7 Mar 08  - June 5th now said to be likely date of the referendum


6 Mar 08 - UK referendum bid defeated


3 Mar 08 - 88% want a referendum in the UK


27 Feb 08 - Dublin agrees wording for EU treaty referendum bill


21 Feb 08 - Irish Prime Minister Calls those who oppose the Treaty 'loo-las'


7 Mar 08 - EN Lack of referendum date angers Yes and No side
Despite having published the Lisbon Treaty Referendum Bill and setting up the Referendum Commission the Taoiseach is yet to announce a date for the referendum in Ireland. Campaigners from both sides of the debate are asking Ahern what has to hide by putting off naming a date. Read more...


6 Mar 08 - EN UK referendum bid defeated
Yesterday the lower house of the British parliament voted by a majority of 63 against holding a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Some MPs hope that a referendum still might be attained by the House of Lords, the parliaments upper house.   Read more...


6 Mar 08 - EN UK referendum bid defeated
The UK's parliament has rejected a call for referendum on the new EU's Lisbon treaty, a move representing a victory for Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown which has argued in the face of bitter opposition that there should not be a public poll. Read more...


5 Mar 08 - EN A damaging blow to democracy
Coordinator of the ERC Thomas Rupp has commented in the EUObserver.com today about the damage to democracy caused by the European Parliament's decision not to respect the outcome of the Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. 499 MEPs voted against respecting the vote. Read more...


4 Mar 08 - EN British MPs vote tomorrow on holding a referendum
MPs in the UK will vote tomorrow on an amedment to the European Union Bill (which will pave the way for the Lisbon Treaty) put forward by the British Conservative Party. This amendment calls for a referendum on the Treaty. It is hoped that rebel Labour MPs and Liberal Democrat MPs will join the Conservatives in voting for this amendment, thus allowing British citizens the right to have a say on the treaty. Read more...


3 Mar 08 - EN Protesters climb crane in the UK calling for a vote
Protesters representing a group "We Are Change" climbed to the top of a crane near Westminister Parliament and unveiled banners saying "Referendum Now" and "Give Us Our Vote". Read more...


3 Mar 08 - EN 88% want referendum in UK
The results of the mini-referendums carried out in the UK by the "I want a referendum" campaign have shown that 88%of the people who voted wanted a referendum. Read more...


21 Feb 08 - Anti-Lisbon protests as European Parliament approves treaty


18 Feb 08 - 29th May is set as the prefered referendum date.


18 Feb 08 - Dublin Chamber of Commerce calls for its member to support the Lisbon Treaty.


29 Feb 08 - EN Poland looks set to ratify treaty
The lower house of the Polish Parliament has voted in favour of ratifying the Lisbon Treaty. The parliament will now pass a bill authorizing the president to sign the ratification of the treaty. Read more...


28 Feb 08 - EN 'Thousands' Protest Against Lisbon Treaty in the UK
Thousands of people gathered yesterday outside the British Parliament to demand a referendum be held on the Lisbon Treaty. They claimed that the Treaty is the same as the previous EU constitution, the government promised a referendum on. Read more...


28 Feb 08 - 'Thousands' Protest Against Lisbon Treaty in the UK


28 Feb 08 - EN German Judge Questions Democratic Innovations in Lisbon Treaty
Germany's most senior judge has said that although democracy has been strengthened by the Treaty, a key innovation involving national parliaments does not go far enough and there is no guarantee that the EU's powers will not grow. Read more...


25 Feb 08 - EN UK liberal leader calls for vote on EU membership
Nick Clegg, leader of the British Liberal Democrats, the UK's third biggest political party, is calling for a referendum on the country's EU membership, in a bid to end a "crazy" debate on Europe and on a new Lisbon treaty among British politicians. Read more...


20 Feb 08 - EN MEPs vote in favour of EU treaty  
Adopted on Wednesday (20 February) by 532 votes in favour, 115 against and 29 abstentions, the three-hour long debate preceding it ranged from those strongly in favour of the treaty to those accusing member states of bypassing EU citizens by not having a referendum. Read more...


19 Feb 08- EN "I want a referendum" boycotted
The Daily Echo reports that CHRIS HUHNE, Eastleigh's MP, wants his constituents to boycott a postal ballot for a referendum on the EU reform treaty. Read more...


19 Feb 08- EN Diverse UK points of view about the treaty
The Tories are against it, and in favour of a referendum, Labour are for it, but against a referendum, despite their manifesto promise, so Robert Colvile tries to make the situation clearer in UK about the Lisbon treaty. Read more... 


15 Feb 08- EN A referendum in East Renfrewshire
The Scottish National Party (SNP) is drumming up support for the postal vote referendum on the EU Reform Treaty in East Renfrewshire. Read more...


14 feb 08- EN When democracy is beaten-out
Denis’ testimony makes us think bitterly about the behaviour of some police representatives during a pacifist gathering like the Versailles demonstration last 4th February. Read more...


14 Feb 08- EN Ratification's problems in Denmark
Openeurope reports that The Chairman of the EU Committee in the Danish Parliament, Svend Auken of the Social Democrats, has threatened that his party will not vote in favour of the revised EU Constitution, until the possible effects of the Vaxholm case on the Danish labour market model have been fully identified. Read more...


14 Feb 08- EN Treaty at the center of European debate
In the Yorkshire Post, Jon Trickett stresses on the importance of holding a real debate about the treaty. Read more...


14 Feb 08- EN Referendum in Ireland in springtime
The Lisbon Treaty will be put to the electorate in late May or early June. Read more...


14 Feb 08- EN Irish people warned by their governement
Minister for European Affairs Dick Roche said that the Lisbon Treaty is "critically important" for Ireland's economic future and added that "There's no doubt rejection is not a cost-free option for Ireland". Read more...


13 Feb 08- EN Still undecision in Ireland
Debate is going on, and the large majority of Irish citizens (64%) are still undecided, reports a TNS-MRBI poll in The Irish Times on 26 January. Read more...


13 Feb 08- Dick Roche Irish Minister for Europe warns against a no vote on the Lisbon Treaty


12 Feb 08- EN How will Italy ratify the treaty ?
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said yesterday during a speech at the Trento University, that even during the elections, Italy should ratify the treaty, because "Time is running". Read more...


12 feb 08- EN Journalists are not allowed to read the treaty
Vincent Browne, in the Irish Business News, tells his story at the offices at the European Commission. When he asked to read the "Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union" to understand the Lisbon treaty, he was told that this version wasn't available. Read more...


12 Feb 08- EN Debate is going on in UK
The Telegraph reports that The House of Commons is about one third of the way through its debate on the Treaty of Lisbon. Read more...


12 Feb 08- EN Nordic system endangered by the Lisbon treaty
The Danish governement plans to ratify the treaty during the spring 2008. Nevertheless, Denmark and Nordic government are carefully analizing the chages that the Lisbon treaty will bring to the Nordic system of collective bargaining. Read more...


11 Feb 08- EN A press overview of the "French discret yes"
"Der Standard", "le courrier" and "les dernière nouvelles d'Alsace" complaign about the lack of democracy during the French ratification. Read more... 


8 Feb 08 - EN Report on French ratification of the Lisbon Treaty
France has ratified the Treaty today.  After the four-step process completed in just a few days, the French have changed their constitution, and attained the agreement of their government, National Assembly and Senate to pass the Lisbon Treaty.  What they forgot to do was to get the agreement of the French people.  Read our ERC Report on France for more details.


8 Feb 08- EN A referendum in Wales ?
"I want a referendum campaign" has launched a campaign in north Wales. That is why voters in Redditch will be some of the first in the country to to say if they think Britain should hold a referendum on the revised EU constitution. Read more...


8 Feb 08- EN France ratified the treaty
Both National Assembly and Senate voted strongly in favour of the treaty yesterday. Apparently, socialists who were in favour of a referendum didn't vote against it. Read more...


7 Feb 08- EN Will the Lisbon treaty relaunch Europe ?
That's is the question that the Courrier International asks. France is indeed bound to ratify the treaty officially adopted, but does that mean that Europe will be safe ? Read more...


5 Feb 08- EN Austria will ratify the treaty in April
Accordina to Die Presse, Austrian government intends to ratify the treaty around 9th or 10th April.


5 Feb 08- EN Sanctions for four UK pro-referendum
The Labour party hasn't beared it. Frank Field, Kate Hoey, Gisela Stuart and Graham Stringer received indeed sanctions to have organised  local referenda through the I want a referendum campaign. Read more...


5 Feb 08- EN Romania, the fourth country to ratify the EU treaty
As the EUObserver reports, the country's parliament adopted the document late Monday (4 February) by an overwhelming majority of 387 votes in favour, one vote against and one abstention. Read more...


5 Feb 08- EN France has changed its Constitution
Yesterday, in Versailles, French Senators and MP's have voted the Constitution's change to make it compatible with the Lisbon treaty. As previous, French socialist have been very divided on the topic. Read more...


1 Feb 08- EN An American point of view
The United Press International makes its own commentary on what is happening in UK and in the whole EU around the Lisbon treaty issue. Read more...


1 Feb 08-  EN Suspense in Slovakia
After a row about the EU Treaty in the Slovakian Parliament, the vote about it has been postponed for the third time. Slovakian MP's will vote on it on February 7th. Read more...


31 Jan 08- EN UK referendum's supporters won't give up
According to the Telegraph, some chances remain to hold a referendum. Read more...


31 Jan 08- EN Conflicts in Slovakia about EU treaty
According to EUObserver, The EU's treaty has been held captive by the Slovak centre-right opposition since Monday (28 January). Even though an overwhelming majority backs the document, they are refusing to vote in favour of the treaty unless the government redrafts a separate media bill. Read more...


30 Jan 08 - EN Slovenia and Malta Ratify Treaty
On Tuesday 29th January both Slovenia and Malta ratified the Lisbon Treaty. Read more...


29 Jan 08- EN A referendum in Yorkshire
The Yorkshire Post reports that a campaign group is to hold its own referendum on the European Union reform treaty in a marginal Yorkshire constituency in a bid to push Gordon Brown into holding a national vote. Read more...

29 Jan 08- EN "A blank cheque" from the UK MP's
The Sunday Time reveals that some key points of the Lisbon Treaty  (like the EU army) remain still unclear until the europsceptic countries will ratify it. Read more...

29 Jan 08- EN Suspense on the EU polls' date in Ireland
For the moment, the draft legislation on holding a referendum is "almost complete", so we can assume that a referendum should be held between 30 and 90 days after this. Read more...

28 Jan 08- EN The "Push Pull" between UK and Europe
The Economist explains how do the three main parties in UK struggle about EU referendum. Read more...

28 Jan 08- EN Pressures in Wales for a referendum
The IC Wales reports that a campaign group that wants a UK-wide referendum is financing the vote in Llandudno’s Aberconwy constituency to put pressure on the Westminster Government to hold a UK-wide poll. Ballots must be returned by February 27. Read more...

28 Jan 08- EN A referendum date in Ireland ?
The Euobserver reports that Irish opposition leader Enda Kenny has called on Prime Minister Bertie Ahern to set a date for the referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Read more...

24 Jan 08- EN Is history repeating ?
In The Independent, a parallel can be drawn between the Maastricht Treaty and the Lisbon Treaty about all the passions that both provoked. Read more...

24 Jan 08- EN Nick Clegg, considered as a betrayer
The Daily Mail reports that party leader Nick Clegg risked outraging hundreds of thousands of voters by admitting he would help the Government scupper Tory plans to force a ballot. Read more...

24 Jan 08- EN The Lisbon Treaty "less clear and readable"
European MP's have gathered yesterday to vote on the Lisbon treaty. Even if the clear majority showed that they were in favor, some MP's seem to be aware that the treaty remains unclear for many citizens. Read more...

23 Jan 08- EN First struggle on the EU treaty
A 20 days debate is opened in UK about treaty ratification. The Times report that an amendment that was supported by 18 rebel Labour MPs to kill the Bill was rejected by the Speaker, and last night the second reading was backed by 362 votes to 224, a majority of 138; 19 Labour MPs voted against it. Read more...

22 Jan 08- EN First step for EU treaty in UK
The Euobserver reports that The bill - which ratifies the Lisbon Treaty - was passed by a majority of 138 after five hours of heated debated, according to British media. Read more...


22 Jan 08- EN A document for a "smooth entry into force of the Treaty"
A document circulated by Slovenia plans to make the traty ratified before 1st January 2009. Read more...


21 Jan 08 - EN Treaty equals "fundamental" shift in power
Pro-European Labour MP Michael Connarty has come out against the British government's position on not holding a referendum. Mr. Connarty who backs the new treaty believing it to create a stronger Europe, has said that the British government lied to the public about the treaty which will result in a "massive and fundamental" shift in power to Europe. Therefore the treaty should be ratified via referendum. Read more


21 Jan 08- EN Irish Greens won't take part in the referendum debate
The required two-thirds majority required to adopt an official party position on the last saturday vote has not been reached. Read more...


21 Jan 08- EN Revolt in UK about the treaty
Gordon Brown has currently to face the europsceptic MP's revolt which aims at holding a referendum about EU treaty. Read more...


18 Jan 08- EN Own rules broken
In the Telegraph Dan Hannan MEP describes how the European Parliament broke its own rules and procedures this week by stopping a group of MEPs from speaking in opposition to the Lisbon Treaty. Read more...


18 Jan 08- EN Tories' battle
The Spectator reports that Prime Minister could not hold a referendum, because he was certain to lose. Read more...


18 Jan 08- EN Le Pen invitation to student debate critisised by UCD
Jean-Marie Le Pen, the French National Front President, has been officially invited by the law society of University College Dublin to debate the forthcoming EU treaty. The invitation has been critisised by the UCD itself, and the various No campaigns in Ireland. Read more...


17 Jan 08- EN The treaty : a way to protect children's rights ?
As the Guardian reports, A briefing from the NSPCC, to be published on Friday, says the treaty "is a significant step forward for efforts to protect children and promote their rights in the UK, across the European Union and beyond". A way to convince conservatives ? Read more...


16 jan 07 - EN Irish Green ministers to back Lisbon Treaty
Irish ministers from the Green Party are campaigning for a yes vote on the Lisbon Treaty despite not yet having the full backing of the Green Party. The Green Party are to vote on whether to back the Yes or No side on the 19th January.  The Green Party have campaigned against each successive EU Treaty since 1986. Read more


16 Jan 08- EN French Parliament is preparing to ratify the Lisbon treaty
The Courrier International reports that French parliament begins to examine the government bill modifying the Constitution. Read more...

 

16 Jan 08- EN The "socialist solution"
After long debates, French socialist finally decided about what they will do at the Versailles congress, which will happen February 4th . They indeed voted that they will go, but they won't vote on the French Constitution's modification. Read more...


15 jan 08- EN Conservatives ready to hold a referendum if they gain power
"As soon as we have an election, the sooner we can have a referendum", said David Cameron, as the Times reports. Read more...


15 Jan 08- EN Controversies about EU reform treaty bill
The Independent reports that Gordon Brown's parliamentary pitch battle over his controversial EU Reform Treaty Bill is about to begin. Read more...


14 Jan 08- EN EU treaty jeopardized by an EU health directive
Because it could be hard for north countries to adopt an EU directive about health, the ratification of the Lisbon treaty could be endangered. Read more...


14 Jan 08- EN Plebiscite for a referendum
Members of The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) have (90%) voted ‘yes’ on whether there should be a referendum on the new EU Reform Treaty, as Politics reports. Read more...


10 Jan 08- EN No referendum in Portugal
Even if Jose Socrates evoked ultimately the possibility to hold a referendum in Portugal, the ratification solution will be adopted. The EU warned him, fearing indeed that a referendum in Portugal could have inspired other countries less "europhile".


10 Jan 08- EN David Briggs calls the UK governement to be "honest"
UK government promised a referendum, but apparently, it seems to have forgotten. David Briggs, a leading IWR business supporter, underlines that UK governement needs "a little bit of honesty". Read more...


10 Jan 08- EN Debate about the treaty's ratification in UK
Mr Murphy said that ratification in the UK should be preceded by a "mature debate" over what is the real nature of the EU rather than what some fear it might be. Read more...


9 Jan 08 - EN Watered Down Referendum Commission Re-established
Irish Environment Minister John Gormley is set to re-establish the Referendum Commission initically set up to "to outline the cases for and against a referendum to the public and to promote debate and discussion" it now is only expected that the "Referendum Commission’s role will be to publicise the referendum and to urge people to vote." Read more


9 Jan 08- EN UK warned about EU treaty
As the Financial Time reports, Jean-Pierre Jouyet the State Secretary in charge of European Affairs warned UK about the treaty ratification, stating that a licking could endanger the central place of UK at the European decision-process. Read more...


8 Jan 08- EN Treaty ratification planned in Denmark at the end of March
Rasmussen who was in France yesterday declared in the Figaro that he planned the Lisbon treaty ratification at the end of March or the beginning of April. In addition, a referendum should be hold concerning common defense and judiciary cooperation and the common currency.


8 Jan 08- EN EU treaty's difficulties in Czech Republic
Lawmakers could slow the ratification's process for the EU treaty in Czech Republic. Read more...


7 Jan 07-EN The Lisbon Treaty : A challenge for Slovenia
The "Lisbon stategy" will have to be applied in the whole EU under the Slovenian presidency, which might prove to be a difficult responsability. Read more...


7 Jan 07- EN Blair will campaign...in France !
Blair plans to be present at the UMP's conference (Union pour un mouvement populaire, Nicolas Sarkozy's Party) to campaign for the European Treaty...and maybe to negociate his future EU president job . Read more...

7 Jan 08- EN Irish is eying the EU jobs'opportunities
Bertie Ahern, the Irish Prime Minister, revealed in the Irish Times that he was interested by one of the three new "top jobs" promised by the Lisbon Treaty, before the referendum's results. Read more... 


30 Dec 07 - EN Irish Consider 9 May for Referendum
Ireland the only country at the moment set to hold a referndum are thinking of having the rereferendum take place on Europe Day - 9 May. Read more...


20 Dec 07- EN Brussels : a summit to nowhere ?
According to the Economist, the summit in Brussels which hapenned the 13th was "devoid of substance". Read more...


19 Dec 07- EN Letters to the Telegraph on the EU Treaty
The British Minister for Europe's quote "The reform treaty will lead to no transfer of power away from Britain in issues of importance to our sovereignty." provokes some doubts. Read more...


19 Dec 07- EN Eurobarometer's results
The Irish, who are to hold a referendum on the new treaty next year are showed to be "the most positive about the benefits of their countries' accession to the EU" by the Eurobarometer. Read more...


18 Dec 07- EN France and UK could interfere in the campaign in Ireland
Irish taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said that UK and French hardliners may cause difficulties for next year’s vote on the Lisbon treaty. Read more...


18 Dec 07- EN Interview of a "I want a Referendum" member
The Liverpool Daily Post reports an interview of a member of "I want a Referendum" campaign, Alan Halsall. Read the interview...


18 Dec 07- EN Gordon brown on the "back foot"
Peter Mandelson declared that Gordon Brown was on the "back foot" over Europe because of his late arrival at Lisbon. This "diplomatical incident" is stressed on the whole European press. Read more...


18 Dec 07- EN Hungary, the first country to ratify the treaty
Hungary ratified the traty yesterday. It is seen as a "historic achievement" by the first Minister. Read more...


17 Dec 07-EN- East's resistances to the EU treaty
Fearing Germany's influence through EU, Poland and Czech Republic could create difficulties in the EU treaty ratification. Read more...


17 Dec 07-EN- A portuguese success ?
Even if the signature of the treaty in Lisbon appears like a success in Portugal, Eduardo Damaso is wandering if this new treaty does contribute to bring more democracy to Europe. Read more...

17 Dec 07- EN The "reflexion group" must not interfere in the referendum ratification process
Even if seems that Sarkozy wants to be the leader in the group's set up, The timeframe was suggested by Ms Merkel in a bid to avoid the group interfering with the upcoming ratification process of the Treaty of Lisbon, formally signed off on Thursday (13 December). Read more...


14 December - EN ERC Video Makes it to the BBC News at 10
The ERC's second video was shown on the British evening news yesterday during a report on the signing of the Lisbon Treaty. It was repeated on BBC World. View the BBC program here.


14 Dec 07- EN A No would cut Ireland apart from EU
In the Irish Times, Mark Hennessy presents the situation the Irish would have to face if they would vote No to the Lisbon treaty. Read more...


14 Dec 07- EN The referendum as a populist threat
In the newspaper Corriere della Sera, Maurizio Ferrera explains why the referendum is considered by governements as a "populist threat".

14 Dec 07- EN British MPs campaigning for a referendum
The campaign leaded by the Daily Telegraph has many supporters, even some MPs. Read more...


EN An unwritten agreement to avoid the referendum
In El Pais, Spanish MEP Inigo Mendez de Vigo reportedly said that there was an “unwritten agreement” amongst EU politicians not to use referendums. Read more... 


13 Dec 07- EN The new Treaty will be signed today
At 11:30, in a monastery in Lisbon, EU leaders will gather to sign the new Treaty...before flying to Brussels. Read more...

13 Dec 07- EN Common’s European Scrutiny Committee : Reform Treaty and Constitution are the same
According to the Common’s European Scrutiny Committee, the Reform Treaty is fundamentally the same at the Constitution, and has never been presented to them. Read more...


13 Dec 07- EN The Gordon Brown's accidental diary clash
Brown doesn't want to be seen in public signing the new treaty, according to many newspapers like the Times. Read more...


13 Dec 07- EN Ireland has to show its "European commitment"
"I hope Ireland will show its European commitment by ratifying the treaty that is now going to be signed," Said Barroso. Read more...


12 Dec 07- EN Gerry Adams, supporter of the no in Ireland
The leader of the Sinn Féin (which is currently sharing executive power with the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland since May 2007) Gerry Adams, announced that he would campaign for the no concerning Lisbon treaty. Read more...

11 Dec 07- EN Danish governement refuses a referendum
The Danish government has officially ruled out a referendum on the revised EU Constitution. Read more...


11 Dec 07 - EN Rasmussen says no to giving the Danes their say on the Lisbon Treaty
Danish Prime Minster Anders Fogh Rasmussen has just announced that Denmark will not hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. A Danish governmental review said that the treaty did not transfer further sovereignty from Denmark to the EU. Therefore the government gave today the result that the treaty shall be ratified by the Danish Parliament. (Read Danish news release)


11 Dec 07- EN Referendum Campaign in Nottingham
As the British Nottingham Evening Post reports, a Campaign has been launched in Nottingham calling for a referendum on the EU Treaty. Read more...


11 Dec 07- EN 16 countries want an EU flag an anthem
16 countries, among them Germany, want the document to declare support for the EU’s flag, the anthem Ode to Joy, the motto United in Diversity, the euro currency and a Europe Day on May 9. Read more...


11 Dec 07- EN Brown will sign the EU Treaty "in private"
MPs will today debate the treaty of Lisbon which Gordon Brown may, although then again, may not, sign in person. Officials still say with a straight face that they are trying to resolve a diary clash. Read more...


EN- The 13th December Appeal
The 13th December Appeal is a Belgian campaign whose motto is “We want to have our say on Europe”.  The campaign is based on three main points; firstly the Lisbon Treaty is essentially the same as the European Constitution. Secondly a large majority of the Belgian population wish to express their opinions on Europe, and finally only a plebiscite will create real public debate. The campaign propones to send a bill project which aims at consulting Belgian citizens and to send a Constitution to all citizens so that they are able to make up their own mind.


10 Dec 07- EN EU's challenges for this week...
This week will start on a highly charged note as the UN deadline for a negotiated settlement on the future status of Kosovo expires on Monday. Meanwhile, on Thursday, the EU is to sign off its new Reform Treaty in Portugal's capital Lisbon. Read more...


6 Dec 07- EN No referendum in Denmark about EU treaty ?
The Danish Justice Department published yesterday a report which claimed that the revised EU Constitution does not require ratification through a referendum. Read more...


6 Dec 07- EN Angela Merkel criticizes the EU Treaty
Speaking at a conference in Berlin on Wednesday about Sarkozy's plan for a Mediterranean Union, Ms Merkel also offered some criticism of the new EU treaty, stating that ""naturally it is still far from the clarity of our constitution on how powers are really delineated." Read more...


6 Dec 07- EN Brown and the EU Treaty
UK prime minister Gordon Brown may miss the signing of the EU's new treaty in Lisbon next week. Read more...


5 Dec 07- EN Danish Justice Department accused of a fix on EU Treaty study
As Marlene Wind said, the Danes could become “incredibly unsatisfied with a referendum being ruled out, as the evaluation by the Justice Department could be seen as a fix. The people were promised a referendum on the Constitutional Treaty". Read more...

5 Dec 07- EN Polish government's new 'attitude'
According to the EUoberver, in an effort to improve the country's reputation of being a trouble-maker on European issues, Poland is set to be the first to ratify the EU bloc's new institutional set-up. Read more...


4 Dec 07- EN Belgium's difficulties
It remains to be seen whether the outgoing government of prime minister Guy Verhofstadt will have the right to sign the new European treaty in Lisbon later this month. Read more...


EN Habermas claims that the EU treaty is elitist
"Governments must overcome their desire to control and give their citizens a chance to decide on Europe's future in a referendum" said Habermas in Die Zeit. Read more...

30 Nov 07- EN A referendum to stop the fraud
The Yorkshire Post reveals that 57 per cent of the overall EU budget is open to fraud. That's why European citizens need to be given the chance to have their say on the EU Constitution through a referendum. Read more...


30 Nov 07- EN EU MP's want to imply citizens in EU policies
Welcoming the news, EU communications commissioner Margot Wallstrom, who proposed the plans earlier this year, said "Europe really needs genuine debate and political controversy to engage citizens." Read more...

29 Nov 07- EN "Nervousness" about EU unclear treaty
The question "what will concretely happen ?" when the treaty will be ratified by all the 27 countries begins to worry a few governments. Read more...

23 Nov 07- EN A second referendum on Euro in Denmark
The Danish government wants to give the Danes a second chance to vote on the Euro and the Danish opt-outs. It is believed that the Danish Prime Minister Mr Fogh Rasmussen wants to avoid a referendum on the new reform treaty, and therefore these new referendum questions shall divert attention away from the topic. Read more... 


23 Nov 07- EN Salmond refuses to rule out holding Scottish EU referendum
The Spectator reports that Mr Salmond is in favour of a vote on the European Union treaty but he thinks that giving Scots the referendum England was promised would be politically incendiary. 


23 Nov 07- EN Barroso Reflects Over His Position
"When voters decide in a referendum that they do not want something, then that is democracy. But when EU leaders can achieve something but, for national interests, do not find the will for an agreement, then they should take responsibility for this," said Mr Barroso. Read more...


23 Nov 07- EN Poland wants to be the first to ratify the treaty
The country's new leadership is set to be the first to ratify the EU's Lisbon Treaty, the bloc's new institutional set-up agreed in October. Read more...


19 Nov 07 EN- Wolfgang Bohm on a EU reform treaty referendum
Wolfgang Böhm weighs up the pros and cons of holding a referendum on the new EU reform treaty. Read more...


19 nov 07- EN New French poll
A poll realized by BVA (French Institute of Market and Opinion Studies) which was published in the French newspaper l'Express 15th November revealed that 38% of French disagree with the parliamentary way (promoted by Nicolas Sarkozy) to adopt the simplified treaty.


14 Nov 07- EN "No treaty if we had a referendum in France"
The French President declared yesterday in front of European deputees that there would not be a referendum in France on the new EU treaty, to the extent that it would "endanger Europe". Read more


14 nov 07- EN Rasmussen's re-election
European affairs never became an issue in the election campaign in Denmark, even though one of the first important tasks for the re-elected government will be to tackle the EU Reform Treaty. Read more


13 Nov 07-EN Motion sent to Italian Governement
Today, Alessio Nicoletti and Gianluigi Premazzi from the Movimento Libero (Free Movement) sent a motion to the Italian governement to encourage MP's to involve  citizens more within European issues.


13 Nov 07- EN 'Interferers' warned of robust EU treaty debate
Irish Minister for European Affairs Dick Roche said yesterday he hopes for a balanced debate on the EU Reform Treaty, but warned that those who come to Ireland to "interfere" in next year's referendum campaign should expect a "robust" debate. Read more...


13 Nov 07- EN British Conservatives are forcing a referendum
William Hague, the shadow Foreign Secretary, caused a political rumpus by appearing to say that the conservative party - long known for its strongly eurosceptic streak - would press for a referendum on the treaty even if it has been ratified by British MPs. Read more...


11 November 2007 - EN Chances of a Dutch Referendum Decrease
The Dutch Liberal Party announced that they would not support a vote on a referendum on the new treaty in the Netherlands. This has dampened hopes of the Netherlands holding a referendum. Read more on our "Netherlands" page.


9 nov 2007- EN A Forum for the future of Europe...
To step up the participation of civil society in European integration, the European Parliament is proposing a new way to involve citizens in a permanent dialogue on the EU's future. Read more...

http://forum.agora.europarl.europa.eu/jiveforums/index.jspa


9 Nov 07- EN Reform treaty firmly on parliamentary agenda
The contentious European reform treaty bill will be on the parliamentary agenda, the government confirmed today, as it laid out its programme in the Queen's speech. Read more...


9 Nov 07- EN Frattini seeks to apply new EU treaty rules before 2009
Although the EU's new Lisbon Treaty is meant to be ratified only by 2009, justice commissioner Franco Frattini has said he wants to act as if the treaty is already in force by involving the European Parliament in major justice decisions. Read more...


8 nov 07- EN Laurent Fabius’ appeal for a referendum
Even though the French Socialist Party decided to follow the government’s position on the European treaty, Laurent Fabius (a socialist MP) has called for all socialists to campaign individually for a referendum on the new treaty.

 


6 Nov 07- EN "An act of profanity towards Malta's Republic Day"
Signing the Lisbon Reform Treaty on 13 December will be an act of profanity towards Malta’s Republic Day, which is celebrated on that day, the chairman of the Campaign for National Independence, Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici, said yesterday. Read more...


5 Nov 07 – EN “Belgium government difficulties could endanger EU treaty ratification”
Who will ratify the reform treaty in Belgium? The lack of government poses a problem not only at the national, but at the European level too! It could indeed become a priority for Belgians to form a government before December, otherwise, the treaty may not be ratified…read more…


5 Nov 07 - EN "Irish largely undecided on EU treaty"
Some 62 percent of Irish remained undecided on the new document aimed at making the union function more effectively, while 25 percent are in favor and 13 percent are against, according to a poll commissioned by The Irish Times. Read more…


31 Oct 07 - EN No referendum in the Czech Republic
The Prague Daily Monitor reports today that the Chamber of Deputies made a decision against a call for referendum by the Communists. The Social Democrats could push through their request to ratify the Treaty as soon as possible after its signing in Lisbon in December 2007 and without consulting the Czech people. - Read more


30 Oct 07 - EN French Want Referendum
Le Parisien yesterday unveiled a poll carried out by the CSA Institute which showed that 61% of the French public want a referendum on the reform treaty. It went on to show that if a referendum were to be held, 68% would vote in favour of the treaty. - Read more…


EN "The machine starts again but without citizens"
Many countries are overlooked in the debate surrounding the reform treaty.  We should always remember that the call for referendums comes from across the entire EU. Here is a Portuguese opinion on the reform treaty and the process for its ratification. Read more…


29 Oct 07 -  EN "Lisbon Treaty" made to avoid referendums 
The architect of the constitution Valery Giscard d'Estaing has repeated that the new reform is essentially the same as the previous constitution. Read More


26 Oct 07 - EN Growing demand for referendum in Austria
Among other politicians and activists the chairman of the Social Democrats in Austria, Erich Haider, demanded for a referendum on the EU Reform Treaty. A  campaign supported by several  NGOs collects signatures.

 


25 Oct 07 - EN Early elections in Denmark
The Danish PM Fogh Rasmussen wants to use the leading position of his coalition government in the polls and announced an early election in Denmark on 13th November 2007. It is obvious that the parties have to position themselves also in the question of a referendum on the EU reform treaty. - Read more


25 Oct 07 - EN Irish referendum will take place mid-2008
The Irisish PM Bertie Ahern announced that the referendum in Ireland will be held mid-2008.  Ireland is constitutionally bound to hold a referendum on potential changes to the way the country is governed, reports Forbes - Read more


24 Oct 07 - EN Secret demonstration of 200,000 in Lisbon
Did you know that there was a demonstration against the Reform Treaty during the EU summit with 200,000 people on the streets? No, you don't! Because the media did not report about it. Read Thomas Rupp's comment at EUObserver - Read more


19 Oct 07 - EN Calls for EU treaty referendum across Europe
The Daily Telegraph reports about the European Referendum Campaign. The letter argues that the new pan-European campaign is proof that referendum fever is not confined to Britain. - Read more


19 Oct 07 - EN EU leaders agree on treaty
European leaders have agreed on the Reform Treaty in Lisbon today. The document will be signed on 13 December 2007 and EU leaders hope that it will be ratified in all member states by spring 2009. Read more


19 Oct 07 - EN Second British village vote on treaty
The rural village of Crigglestone in Yorkshire has been given the right to vote on whether they believe the British public should hold a referendum on the new Reform Treaty. Read more


9 Oct 07 - EN Danes to decide on a referendum in December - In his weekly press-briefing today the Danish Prime Minister announced that the decision to hold a Danish Referendum on the Reform Treaty will not be taken until December. "When the final result of the negotiations are there, we will decide - and the Treaty is not final until December" he said.


28 sept 07 - EN The current situation in the Netherlands - Here you will find a comprehensive compilation of what is going on in the Netherlands referring to a referendum. Summarised by Thomas Rupp on the basis of reports form our Dutch ERC supporters. - Read more


28 sept 07- EN Conservative leader for referendum - Danish daily Berlingske Tidende reports that the Chairman of the governing Conservative party in Denmark, Pia Christmas-Møller, has spoken out in favour of a referendum on the revised Constitution. - Read more



1 Sept : EN Referendum to "shut-up" anti-Europeans - The Guardian reports that Keith Vaz, ex UK Europe minister, proposed a referendum on the new EU treaty to force anti-Europeans to "put up or shut up". The referendum would ask voters: "Do you support Britain's continuing membership of the EU as set out under the terms of the Reform Treaty?" - Read article


September 1 2007: Former European Minister wants referendum on treaty to 'shut up' anti-Europeans - Keith Vaz, former Europe minister, has spoken on the idea of holding a referendum on the new EU treaty, which would force anti-Europeans to "put up or shut up". The referendum would simply ask voters: "Do you support Britain's continuing membership of the EU as set out under the terms of the Reform Treaty?"

28 Aug : EN New Labour referendum revolt grows - According to Labour MP Ian Davidson "well over 120 Labour MPs publicly or privately backed a referendum". In a letter to Gordon Brown he demands a referendum on the treaty unless the Prime Minister secures 12 crucial changes. - Read more


27 Aug: EN "EU elites rely on your apathy" - In the Telegraph Daniel Hannan MEP argues that "Eurocrats are too close to their final objective to let a little thing like democracy stand in their way". Meanwhile the Telegraph started a petition to get a Britsh referendum - Read more


24 Aug : EN British trade unions want referendum - Major British trade unions yesterday came out in favour of a referendum on the revised Constitution. Ian Davidson MP is leading a strong group of Labour MPs supporting a referendum in the UK. - Read more


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