Doesn’t the EU behave with one voice and one policy?
The Guest Blog – bssb.be 09.09.2014
If we look at the European communication history, we see a crucial moment: the referendum of 1992, when the Danish rejected the Maastricht Treaty. They will finally provide their approval next year, after the government negotiated several sectorial amendments, especially in the field of justice and home affairs, but also in terms of defence cooperation.
The 2004 European Parliament elections stressed the worsening lack of interest of citizens for EU policies, the turnout being only 45.47%. The Commission “Barroso I” ( in office in 2004-2009) responded by appointing a new Commissioner for Communication, which was filled by the former Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström.
EU leaders were shocked by the double rejection of the Euro Constitution, following referendums in France and the Netherlands organized the 2005. Ratification process reached an impasse, and in June 2005, EU leaders decided to start a “period of reflection” before deciding where to turn after this crisis.
Again, the 2009 elections for the European Parliament highlighted a continued growth of the lack of interest of citizens for EU policies, with only 43.08% of voters in elections.
The last updated 2014 elections numbers, published on the Parliament website, show that turnout struggled to reach 42.54%.
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