Wien, 29. May 2005 Press release

Plassnik: "After the overwhelming French No a rational approach is needed"

29.05.2005

Foreign Minister emphasises that Europe must not be made the scapegoat for diffuse fears or feelings of national unease

Vienna, 29 May 2005 - "The overwhelming No vote of the French citizens does not provide any clear answers concerning the underlying motives and causes of this result", Foreign Minister Plassnik commented on the result of the referendum in France, adding that a rational approach was now needed.

"The outcome of this referendum can be attributed to different reasons", stated Plassnik. "To a certain extent, this decision seems to have been influenced by internal motives."

First of all, a sound analysis was needed, and the French would have to resolve for themselves what they meant to express with this vote. "It is up to them to furnish their European partners with an explanation", Plassnik said.

In any case, the outcome of the French referendum as such did not point the way to the future. And Plassnik warned: "Europe must not be made the scapegoat for diffuse fears or feelings of national unease."

Quick panaceas would not be appropriate. "Nine EU Member States have already adopted the new EU constitution. Their decision must not be pushed into the background", Plassnik concluded.