Content Section

The Content section will provide news, quotes and background materials refering to the topic of the EU Constitution. The time-table will give you an overview about the current status concerning the referendums on the Constitution.

 

The following data are part of a process. Partly the dates are fixed, partly everything can change. Anyway, we will keep that overview updated and will add ENC relevant data to keep you informed.

Last update: July 11, 2005



2004


OCTOBER 2004

Intergovernmental Conference
29 October 2004
IGC ratifies the EU Constitution in Brussels


NOVEMBER 2004

Lithuania
11 November 2004
first country that ratifies the EU Constitution.

DECEMBER 2004

Hungary
20 December 2004
second country that ratifies the EU Constitution.


2005


JANUARY 2005

Luxembourg: Presidency of the EU
(January to June 2005)

EU Parliament
12 January 2005
EU Parliament ratifies the EU Constitution



Italy
25 January 2005
The lower house approves EU Constitution.


FEBRUARY 2005

Slovenia
1 February 2005
third country that ratifies the EU Constitution.


Spain
20 February 2005 - Referendum

YES votes: 77%
NO votes: 17%
TURNOUT: 42%



Portugal
20 February 2005
General election
Portugal's opposition Socialist Party has won a convincing election victory, ousting the governing Social Democrats.

APRIL 2005

Italy
06 April 2005
Senate ratifies the Constitution (Parliament at 25 Jan 05)
fourth country that ratifies the EU Constitution.



Greece
19 April 2005
fifth country that ratifies the EU Constitution.



Spain
28 April 2005 - Spanish parliament adopts contitution following the result of the consultative referendum from 20 February - It still has to be adopted by the Spanish Senate



Belgium
29 April 2005 - Belgium Senate adopts contitution - It still has to be adopted by the Belgium Parliament


MAY 2005

5 May 2005 - United Kingdom: General Elections


Slovak Republic
11 May 2005
sixth country that ratifies the EU Constitution.



Austria
11 May 2005
Austrian Parliament ratifies the EU Constitution.



Germany
12 May 2005
German Bundestag ratifies the EU Constitution.



Spain
18 May 2005 - After the people (referendum) and the parliament: Spanish senate ratifies EU Constitution
seventh country that ratifies the EU Constitution.



Belgium
19 May 2005 - Belgium Parliament adopts contitution - It still has to be adopted by the regional parliaments



Austria
25 May 2005 - After the parliament the Austrian senate adopts the EU Constitution and completes the ratification.
eighth country that ratifies the EU Constitution.



Germany
27 May 2005 - After the parliament the German Bundestag adopts the EU Constitution and completes the ratification.
ninth country that ratifies the EU Constitution (under reserve of an acceptence by the German supreme court - judgement to be expected during 2007).



France
29 May 2005 - The French voters reject the EU Constitution in a referendum. 54.9% said "no" - only 45.1% said "yes". The turnout was 69,7%.


JUNE 2005


The Netherlands
1 June 2005 - The Dutch voters reject the EU Constitution in a referendum; 61.6% said "no" . The turnout was 62.8%.


Latvia
2 June 2005 - Ratification in the Latvian parliament
tenth country that ratifies the EU Constitution.


6 June 2005 - The United Kingdom announces to cancel referendum

16/17 June 2005 - EU Summit in Brussel
The ratification period will be extended - probably for one year. It is up to the individual country when they decide to have their ratification. Most probably all planned referendums will be postponed. - A "period of reflection" is announced by the EU Council


Luxembourg
28 June 2005 - Yes statement in the Luxembourg parliament - This decision has still to be confirmed by the referendum on 10 July and THEN finally to be ratified in the parliament.


Cyprys
30 June 2005 - Ratification by the Cyprys' parliament
eleventh country that ratifies the EU Constitution


JULY 2005

1 July 2005 - United Kingdom: 6 months presidency of the EU and G8

Malta
6 July 2005 - Ratification in the Maltese parliament
twelfth country that ratifies the EU Constitution


5 July 2005 - Poland: The parliament voted to put off a decision on whether to ratify the EU constitution by referendum or parliament and to freeze the ratification process .

Luxembourg
10 July 2005 - Luxembourg's voters said Yes in their referendum (YES votes: 56.52% - NO votes: 43.48 TURNOUT: 86.8% (Compulsary voting) - thirteenth country that ratifies the EU Constitution (after upcoming final ratification in the parliament)



SEPTEMBER 2005

27 September 2005 - Referendum in Denmark Referendum will be postponed for an undetermined period of time

OCTOBER 2005

2 or 9 October 2005 - Referendum in Portugal
No referendum for the time being

Referendum in Ireland expected
No referendum for the time being

DECEMBER 2005

Decision whether there will be a
referendum in Sweden.
Decision will be postponed

2006


MARCH 2006

CANCELLED: Referendum in the United Kingdom
(REFERENDUM CANCELLED IN A SPEECH OF JACK STRAW ON 6 JUNE 2005)

JUNE 2006

Referendum in Czech Republic
No referendum planned at the moment