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After the Irish referendum: what next for EU reform?

pdf mise en ligne :31 07 2008 ( NEA say… n° 53 )


The Europian Policy Center organized the last  2 July 2008  a debat on Ireland’s rejection of the Lisbon Treaty. Speakers proposed the possible solutions to come out from the EU crisis.  

The meeting started with the short introduction of Mr Antonio Missiroli, the Director of Studies of the European Policy Centre, who explained what happened in the few last months about the Lisbon Treaty and about its crisis come off from the NO of the Irish Referendum.


Jo Leinen, MEP, Chairman for the European Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee is convinced that it's necessary to solve some basically problems linked to the participation of civil society that is we need in Europe to create a bridge from the social level and the institutional one both in each country and in Europe.

He underlined that:

ü      In most of all countries there is a lack of information about European affaires;

ü      There is a generalized fear of the economic and social fall in Europe;

ü      Despite economic and social differences between EU Countries it should develop Europe through the reinforcement of communication and cooperation among them;

ü      The debate on the Lisbon Treaty must go on.


Alan Dukes, the former leader of the Fine Gael political party and former Director of the Irish Institute of European affaires, has confirmed the necessity to think about the best solution for Europe to demonstrate that Europe isn't divided as it appears in this moment and that it's possible to find a solution that doesn't endanger  the powerless European democratic system.

He finished his remark promoting a new referendum in Ireland supported by a strong promotional campaign that will be able to succeed  in the second Irish Referendum.


Pawel Swieboda, director of DemosEuropa, expressed his preoccupation concern for the future of the Lisbon Treaty because the "Irish problem is not only an Irish problem"; it represents a European problem since it points out the lack of a democratic solid European structure.

It's necessary to discuss on the text to change everything could be not accepted by Ireland or by others countries without throwing it away.


Gaetane Ricard-Nihoul, Secretary- General of Notre Europe participated to the discussion pointing out that there isn't an open debate among European and national delegates as this is the first big problem of this situation; it's necessary ride over the crisis using the best democratic method as the debate.


Sara Dienstbier, Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”.

Enza Dammiano, Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”.