Only one parliamentary party, the Alliance of Free Democrats, argued
in favour of ratifying the Constitution via referendum. Hungary
was the second country to ratify the European Constitution after
the parliament had overwhelmingly voted on 20.12.2004 to back the
text. The vote crossed party lines as 322 parliamentarians voted
in favour of ratifying the Constitution with 12 against and 8 abstaining.
Of the 12 MP's who voted against the Constitution, seven were from
the main opposition conservative Fidesz party and the rest were
right-wing independent legislators. "We are elated that the
Constitution was ratified with such speed and that it was Hungary
which proposed the inclusion of a reference on the protection of
minorities in the text," Boglar Laszlo, spokeswoman for Socialist
Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany told AFP.
(2006), The Future of Europe - Results for Hungary,
Special Eurobarometer 251, Fieldwork: 23/02 – 15/03 2006.
report, (February 2004): 87%
rather agree, 5% rather disagree*
you rather agree or rather disagree with the statement: The European
Union must adopt a Constitution.
report, (January 2005): 60% favourable, 9% opposed*
on what you know, would you say that you are in favour of or opposed
to the draft European Constitution?
report, (July 2005): 78% favourable, 7% opposed*
on the question, are you for or against a constitution for the European
Hungary backs EU constitution. BBC