Importance of continuing ratification process

In Hungary the Irish ‘No’ sparked the same old debate between eurosceptics and pro-Europeans as in every member state: namely, the former side, highlighted the EU’s internal problems (mainly lack of transparency and ‘too much power in Brussels’), while the latter perceived the outcome of the referendum as a shock (envisioning even the falling apart of the EU or the launch of Europe at several speeds and circles). Beyond this echo in the media it must be underlined that in Hungary all parliamentary parties are pro-European, and have supported the treaty practically unanimously on December 17th 2007 when it was ratified in the parliament. Being the first country to adopt the Lisbon Treaty, Hungary belongs to the majority of member states attaching distinguished importance to the document. On June 16th 2008, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary issued the following statement in connection with the Irish referendum:
 
Hungary regrets the outcome of the Irish referendum held on 12 June 2008 but fully respects the opinion of the people of Ireland.
Nevertheless, almost two thirds of the member states have already ratified the Treaty, Hungary having been the first one.
The values and objectives of the Lisbon Treaty still remain important for Hungary and we believe that they are important also for the future of the Union. We believe that Europe should move forward.
The present situation has to be discussed by the community of the member states. Hungary is engaged to participate in these consultations.
We are convinced that Ireland and the other member states will jointly find the appropriate political and legal solution. However, we should not rush to early conclusions. We will welcome Ireland’s proposal for the solution.
At the same time, the Union should continue to deal with issues affecting our everyday life and respond to actual challenges, e.g. climate change, energy security, rise of food and energy prices, security of citizens, etc.
We welcome all the member states that have decided to continue the ratification process.
The outcome of the Irish referendum should not affect the current enlargement of the Union.[1]
 
According to the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kinga Göncz,[2] the result of the Irish referendum must be respected regardless of how discouraging it may be from the Community’s point of view. At the same time, Kinga Göncz stressed the importance of continuing the ratification process in all the remaining member states. She also proposed to offer some time to the Irish political leadership to ‘digest’ the situation and to reflect on possible solutions.





[1] See: http://www.mfa.gov.hu/kum/en/bal/actualities/spokesman_statements/Ir_nepsz_eng_080616.htm (last access: 28 August 2008).

[2] See reactions formulated during the official visit of the Hungarian foreign minister to Sweden on June 17th 2008 under: http://www.mfa.gov.hu/kum/en/bal/actualities/visits_and_events/GK_stockholm_eng_080817.htm (last access: 28 August 2008).