HELD ON EUROPEAN MATTERS: 1
European Constitution (Yes
76.73%; No 17.24%; Turnout 42.32%).
CONDITIONS - Constitution
Binding referendum provided if constitutional amendment, a total
revision or an amendment of fundamental principles of the constitution
effected. Otherwise binding referendum requires implementation by
constitutional amendment. Consultative referendum expressly provided.
Exclusion of international affairs only for initiatives, not for
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL TREATIES, REFERENDUM AND CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
of transfer of sovereignty without effect of constitutional amendment:
Majority from both chambers, Art. 94 ConstSpain.
of transfer of sovereignty with effect of constitutional amendment:
Previous amendment of the constitution required, Art. 95, 94 ConstSpain.
Approval of constitutional amendment:
Majority of 3/5 from both chambers. If this majority cannot be reached
a committee drafts a new text which can be approved by majority
of 3/4 from the members of parliament and the majority of the members
of the senate, Art. 167 ConstSpain. Referendum on the constitutional
amendment is required if demanded by 1/10 from the members of one
of the chambers , Art. 167 III ConstSpain. In case of a total revision
of the constitution or the amendment of fundamental principles of
the constitution both chambers have to approve with a majority of
3/4 before and after a disbandment and re-election of both chambers.
Additionally a referendum on the constitutional amendment required,
Art. 168 ConstSpain.
Other constitutional regulations about referendums:
Initiatives and referenda can be held but internatational affairs
are expressly excluded, Art. 87 III ConstSpain. Consultative referenda
can be held on political decisions of far-reaching consequences
by proposal of the prime minister approved by the parliament, Art.
(2006), The Future of Europe - Results for Spain,
Special Eurobarometer 251, Fieldwork: 23/02 – 15/03 2006.
the 26.06.2008 the vote in the 350-member chamber of deputies
was 322 in favor of "the bill approving the ratification
by Spain of the Treaty of Lisbon," six against and two
abstentions. The treaty now goes to the Senate, vote had been
planned for late September or early October. But Foreign Minister
Miguel Angel Moratinos said it could be moved up to July, before
the legislators take their summer break, so the treaty "can
be ratified as soon as possible."
15.07.2008 the upper chamber voted overwhelmingly in favour
of the treaty with 232 votes in favour of ratification, six
against and two abstentions. The Senate vote had originally
been planned for late September or early October but the main
opposition Popular Party, together with the smaller Catalan
nationalists CiU and Basque nationalist party PNV, requested
that it be held before lawmakers take their summer break.
BY THE HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT
OF THE PROCEDURE
On the 26.06.2008,
the Lisbon Treaty has been ratified by an overwhelming majority
in the lower house (322 votes in favour, 6 against and 2 abstentions)
the upper chamber voted overwhelmingly in favour of the treaty with
232 votes in favour of ratification, six against and two abstentions.
DOCUMENTS AND MATERIAL
of Deputies (2008), Plenary
Debate regarding the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, 26.06.2008.