Chapters: Maltese European Union Membership Referendum, 2003,
Maltese Premier League 2003-04, Maltese Premier League 2002-03,
Maltese General Election, 2003. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 22. Not
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more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: This article is
part of the series: Politics and government ofMalta The 2003
Maltese European Union membership referendum took place on 8 March
2003 to decide whether Malta should join the European Union (EU). A
narrow majority voted in favour of joining but the opposition
Labour Party rejected the result of the referendum. The victory of
the Nationalist Party in the 2003 general election confirmed the
result of the referendum and Malta joined the EU on 1 May 2004. The
Maltese referendum saw the highest turnout, and the lowest support
for joining, of any of the 9 states which held referendums on
joining the EU in 2003. After the Nationalist Party won the 1998
election they reactivated Malta's membership application, which had
been suspended by the previous Labour government. Negotiations to
join were finished at the Copenhagen summit in December 2002 and
Malta was invited to join the EU in 2004. The government of Malta
announced in January 2003 that a non binding referendum on
membership would be held on the 8 March 2003 at the same time as
local elections. The question voted in on in the referendum was
confirmed on the 3 January 2003. It was: Do you agree that Malta
should become a member of the European Union in the enlargement
that is to take place on 1 May 2004? In the run up to the
referendum polls showed voters were evenly divided over EU
membership. The Nationalist government argued that Malta would
receive EU funds for the roads and tourist industry. They said that
Malta needed the EU in order to cope with globalisation and accused
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