NATIONAL DEBATE ON EU TREATY NEEDED - ZMINIJIETNA

Press Release: 21/12/07
Stqarrija Stampa: 21/12/07
(Verzjonijiet bl-Ingliz u bil-Malti)

 

 

Zminijietna - Lehen ix-Xellug
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NATIONAL DEBATE ON EU TREATY NEEDED - ZMINIJIETNA


Zminijietna - Voice of the Left has called on all Maltese political parties and civil society organisations to start a national debate on the need of a referendum for the EU Treaty. Zminijietna added that it is endorsing the campaigns within the EU for a referendum on the Treaty.

Zminijietna said

" The process for a referendum in Malta on the EU Treaty will enable the Maltese public to discuss and decide upon such a fundamental issue that forms part of everyday democracy. It is shameful that the Nationalist and Labour Parties are not discussing the need for such a referendum. The same can be said as regards various opinionists and civil society organisations who had campaigned for a referendum upon Malta's accession to the EU. On the other hand, we welcome the fact that Alternattiva Demokratika, Azzjoni Nazzjonali, Labour MEP John Attard Montaldo and Nationalist MEP Simon Busuttil have spoken about the need for the public to decide on this issue. However, we do not agree with AD on the need for a single European-wide referendum. We believe that each member state is to hold its own referendum, as each member state entered the EU as an individual country".

Zminijienta added

"The attempt by the EU Commission and various national governments - including Malta's - to stifle debate is unacceptable and is a profound disrespect for democracy and for the verdict expressed by the French and Dutch peoples in the 2005 referendums which rejected the proposed EU Constitution. The cryptic words of Valery Giscard d'Estaing, who was the
architect of the EU Constitution show a profound disrespect for democracy. In an open letter to Le Monde and a few other European newspapers a few weeks ago, he said that the EU's new treaty is the same as the rejected constitution and that it is only the format that has been changed, in order that referendums may be avoided".

Zminijietna said that it is supporting various campaigns within the EU for a referendum on the Treaty, and urged those in favour of a referendum to sign the petition at http://x09.eu

Michael Briguglio
Public Relations Officer
Zminijietna - Voice of the Left

JEHTIEG DIBATTITU NAZZJONALI DWAR IT-TRATTAT TA' L-UE - ZMINIJIETNA

Zminijietna - Lehen ix-Xellug appellat lill-partiti politici u l-ghaqdiet tas-socjeta civili Maltin biex jibdew dibattitu nazzjonali dwar il-htiega ghal referendum dwar it-trattat ta' l-Unjoni Ewropea. Zminijietna qalet li qed tappoggja l-kampanji madwar l-UE favur referendum dwar it-Trattat.

Zminijietna qalet

"Il-process ghar-referendum f'Malta dwar it-Trattat ta' l-UE jaghti opportunita lill-pubbliku Malti biex jiddiskuti u jiddeciedi dwar kwistjoni fundamentali li tifforma parti mid-demokrazija ta' kuljum. Hi haga ta' l-ghajb li l-Partit Nazzjonalista u l-Partit Laburista mhux qed jiddiskutu l-htiega ta' referendum. L-istess jista' jinghad ghal bosta opinjonijisti u organizazzjonijiet tas-socjeta' civili li kienu ghamlu kampanji ghal referendum dwar id-dhul ta' Malta fl-UE. Minn naha l-ohra Zminijietna - Lehen ix-Xellug tilqa' l-fatt li Alternattiva Demokratika, Azzjoni Nazzjonali, l- MEP Laburista John Attard Montaldo u l-MEP Nazzjonalista Simon Busuttil tkellmu dwar il-bzonn li l-pubbliku jiddeciedi dwar din il-kwistjoni. Madankollu ma naqblux ma' l-AD li ghandu jkun hemm referendum wiehed fl-Unjoni Ewropea kollha. Nemmnu li kull pajjiz ghandu jkollu referendum ghalih, ghax kull pajjiz issieheb fl-UE bhala pajjiz individwali."

Zminijienta - Lehen ix-Xellug sahqet

"L-attentat tal-Kummissjoni Ewropea u bosta gvernijiet nazzjonali - fosthom dak ta' Malta - li jxekklu d-dibattitu hu inaccettabbli u juri dizrispett kbir lejn id-demokrazija u lejn il-verdett tal-popli Francizi u Olandizi fir-referenda tal-2005 li rrigettaw il-kostituzzjoni Ewropea li giet proposta. Il-kliem ermetiku ta' Valery Giscard d'Estaing, id-disinjatur tal-kostituzzjoni Ewropea juru dizrispett kbir lejn id-demokrazija. F'ittra miftuha li kiteb fil-gazetta Le Monde u xi gazetti Ewropej xi gimghat ilu, huwa qal li t-Trattat ta' l-UE u l-istess bhall-Kostituzzjoni li giet rigettata, u hu l-format biss li gie mibdul, biex b'hekk jigu evitati ir-referenda".

Zminijietna qalet li qed tappoggja numru ta' kampanji madwar l-UE favur referendum dwar it-Trattat, u appellat lil dawk favur referendum biex jiffirmaw petizzjoni f' http://x09.eu

Michael Briguglio
Ufficjal Relazzjonijiet Pubblici
Zminijietna - Lehen ix-Xellug

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