EU Related Referendums

On 23 March 2003 a referendum was held on the following question: "Do you agree that the Republic of Slovenia should become a member of the European Union?". Despite some conflictual issues during the EU accession negotiations, the positive outcome of the referendum was never in question. Mostly because 'Europeanization' became the leading ideology in the transition to democracy in Slovenia and the predominant popular will to re-orient away from the Balkans towards Western Europe, but also due to the weak and uncoordinated campaign against EU integration involving a few small parties and movements such as the Slovenian National Party, which only attracted minor popular support (Fink-Hafner, 2004). While 89.64 percent out of 60.41 percent of all eligible voters voted in favor of the question of accession to the European Union, only 10.36 voted against.

Referendum on the Accession to the European Union, 2003. Electoral Districts


Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia:

Fink-Hafner, D. 2004. Slovenia. European Journal of Political Research, Vol. 43(7-8), 1130-1137.