Who won the referendum in 2008
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Vienna (PK) - Long after midnight there was still a fundamental debate in the National Council. The reason for this was a motion by the FPÖ to subject fundamental EU state treaties to a referendum. Deputy Dr. SCHÜSSEL (V) was the first speaker to affirm that the ÖVP would not approve the present amendment to the Federal Constitution. In his opinion, Austria's future in the EU should be beyond dispute. Schüssel appealed to the SPÖ not to bring "the anti-EU coalition of the Kronen Zeitung" into the House. "We need Europe and we want to play a role in Europe".
MEP Mag. GROSSMANN (S) emphasized that the SPÖ was and will remain a party that is committed to European integration. But it is about making the EU a social union with the aim of improving people's quality of life. Grossmann interpreted the EU skepticism of the population as a warning signal that must be taken seriously. Confidence-building measures urgently need to be taken, she said, and this also includes greater involvement of the population in major changes to the EU treaties. Grossmann tabled two motions for resolutions to support her argument. These aim on the one hand to further develop the EU into a social union and on the other hand to introduce an EU-wide financial transaction tax.
MEP LUNACEK (G) recalled that the SPÖ had rejected an application by the Greens to introduce a financial transaction tax this afternoon and was pleased with the change in attitude. She decidedly refused the present application by the FPÖ to amend the constitution. It was possible at any time to decide on a referendum in individual cases, she explained, an automatism would not make sense. Lunacek expressly committed himself to the European Union. On the question of the further development of the European Union, Lunacek tabled a motion for a resolution, which aims, among other things, at the introduction of Europe-wide referendums on changes to the EU treaty.
Deputy Dr. BÖSCH (F) underlined the demand of the FPÖ to hold a referendum on all major changes to the EU treaties for Austria. On this question, in addition to the present motion to amend the Federal Constitution, he also tabled a motion for a resolution. In a second motion for a resolution, Bösch called for Austria to revoke the ratification of the Lisbon Reform Treaty. Bösch described the Europe-wide referendum as a "pipe dream" that has been chased for years.
State Secretary Dr. WINKLER reiterated the government's position that there was no compelling need for a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. He also objected strictly against changing the federal constitution in a "fast-track process" without detailed preliminary advice. In his view, the FPÖ application is both legally unclear and must be rejected in terms of content. According to him, a revocation of a ratification is not possible under international law.
Deputy Dr. CAP (S) stated in the direction of the ÖVP that it was an illusion to believe that one could continue on the same path as before and try to explain Europe to the people. People threatened to turn away from the EU if they weren't more involved, he warned. Referendums should not be seen as a disruptive factor in EU politics, demanded Cap.
Before the vote was taken, the Third President of the National Council, Dr. GLAWISCHNIG that they have accepted the FPÖ's motion to revoke the ratification of the Lisbon Reform Treaty despite the ÖVP club chairman Dr. SCHÜSSEL will allow the concerns expressed.
The FPÖ's motion to amend the Federal Constitution did not find the required majority in the vote. The same applies to the SPÖ's motion for a resolution on the introduction of a general financial transaction tax at EU and global level, the Greens' motion for a resolution on the further development of the European Union, and the FPÖ's motion for a resolution on revoking the ratification of the Lisbon Reform Treaty. On the other hand, the SPÖ's motion for a resolution on strengthening the social dimension of European integration and the FPÖ's motion for a resolution on the reorientation of Austrian EU policy were accepted by a majority.
(End of the referendum / cont. NR)
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