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July 22, 2008
Bonde calls for Referendum in 2009
    
French President Nicolas Sarkozy suggested today that the Irish revote on the Lisbon Treaty in June 2009. The French president's strategy for holding a second poll will be unveiled at the December Summit in Brussels.
EUD President, Jens-Peter Bonde, came up with a different proposal: "If the Irish people shall vote twice, voters in other countries should at least have the opportunity to vote once. Referendums should be therefore held in all Member States together with the European elections in June 2009", he said.
Holding referendums on the Lisbon Treaty during the European elections will surely increase voter turnout, decrease political apathy and strengthen democracy throughout the EU, finally allowing citizens in 26 member States to have a say on their future.
If referendums are held, competing parties would have to mobilize voters and inform them on EU issues more than they usually do. The latter will ensure a higher level of participation and better representation in the European Parliament.
Bonde's proposal comes in the wake of further ratifications of the rejected Treaty. Some will oppose it as they did in the past by claiming that such a procedure would be too tedious and complicated.
However, combining it with the elections for the European Parliament would invalidate their argument.
 

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