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June Movement

June Movement
Leader Collective leadership
Founded 1992
Dissolved 2009
Headquarters Nordkystvejen 2 F, 8961 Allingåbro
Ideology Euroscepticism
International affiliation None
European affiliation EUDemocrats
European Parliament group Independence/Democracy (2004-2009)
Colours Magic mint
Website
www.j.dk
Politics of Denmark
Political parties
Elections

The June Movement (referendum on the Maastricht Treaty that took place in Denmark in June of that year. The movement was a member of the European political party EUDemocrats - Alliance for a Europe of Democracies.

The June Movement acknowledged Denmark's membership of the European Union, but opposed the process of tighter European integration including the Lisbon Treaty, and in general the movement wanted the EU to deal with only cross-border issues such as environmental and trade policies. The movement participated in elections for the European Parliament, but neither in local elections nor in elections for the Parliament of Denmark.

In 2009 the movement lost its representation in the European Parliament and disbanded on 5 September 2009.[1]

Contents

  • History 1
    • MEPs split from the People's Movement 1.1
    • 1999-2008 representation 1.2
    • 2009 electoral defeat and end 1.3
  • Policies 2
  • Organisation 3
    • Symbol 3.1
    • European relations 3.2
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History

The June Movement was founded at a conference at Danmark 92 and a group of members of People's Movement against the EU. The three original spokespersons were Drude Dahlerup and Niels I. Meyer (originally from the initiative Danmark 92) and Jens-Peter Bonde (originally from the People's Movement against the EU).

MEPs split from the People's Movement

At the end of 1992, three of the four representatives of the People's Movement in the European Parliament (Jens-Peter Bonde, Unge Mod Unionen, including former candidates for the European Parliament and board members.

The movement recommended a 'no' vote at the EU referendums in 1993, 1998 and 2000.

1999-2008 representation

Between 1999 and 2004, they held three of the sixteen Danish seats in the European Parliament. By the 2004 elections only one MEP, Jens-Peter Bonde, was re-elected.

The movement recommended rejecting the European constitution as they considered it to be undemocratic and to introduce too much central control. However, the European constitution was passed in the Danish Parliament without a referendum.

In May 2008 Jens-Peter Bonde resigned from the European Parliament, succeeded by Hanne Dahl. Jens-Peter Bonde is not a leading member of the June Movement any more, instead working as an adviser for the cross-European Libertas Party.

2009 electoral defeat and end

On 7 June 2009 the June Movement was convincingly defeated in the Danish elections for the European Parliament, and the movement losts its seat. To run again, the movement must collect signatures from 80,000 voters, which it considered an impossible task. On the evening of the election, movement leader Keld Albrecthsen announced that the movement would disband, which it did on 5 September 2009.[1]

Policies

The organisation claimed to be cross-spectrum and had active members from all political affiliations, however with emphasis on the centre-left.

The June Movements did not want Denmark to leave the EU, but proposed a "slimmer and better EU". In general the movement wanted the EU to deal with only cross-border issues such as environmental and trade policies. Nature

  • June Movement
  • EUDemocrats official website

External links

  1. ^ a b [3]
  2. ^ Policies, June Movement (in Danish)
  3. ^ [4]

References

See also

In the European Parliament the June Movement participated in the Lega Nord and most MEPs of the League of Polish Families also left the Independence/Democracy group. The group did not survive the 2009 elections.

Traditionally the June Movement had relations with political organisations proposing democratisation of the EU in most EU countries, as well as in non-member states. It had a Swedish sister party, the Junilistan, which also lost its seats in the European Parliament in 2009. Slovenia is the third EU country home to a June Movement; although this party did not run in the 2004 elections, it planned to do so in 2009. The Slovenians use the same symbols as the Danish movement. The June Movements of these various countries are all members of the EUDemocrats.

European relations

The symbol of the movement was the strawberry, which in Denmark is typically associated with summer and the month of June.

Symbol

The organisation was run by a board, elected by participants of the annual general meeting. The board had to have a certain minimum membership of both genders. The last board included MEP Hanne Dahl as well as chairman Keld Albrechtsen[3] among others.

Organisation

The movement was strongly against the Lisbon Treaty, and former MEP Jens-Peter Bonde was known as an outspoken critic of the treaty in the European Parliament.

One proposal for democratic reform of the EU was to let the European commissioners be elected nationally, by the electorate. This was meant to offer more debate on EU legislation as well as to bring in more democracy to the EU.

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