30 January 2012
Stability Treaty agreed by 25 of the 27 EU Member States.
January 2012 to April 2012
Joint Oireachtas Committee on EU Affairs facilitates a national debate on the Stability Treaty which involves politicians, social partners, academics, economists and Ambassadors of EU Member States. Members of the Committee engage with both proponents and opponents of the Treaty over 24 separate sessions.
28 February 2012
Government announces a referendum on the Stability Treaty in Ireland.
2 March 2012
Stability Treaty formally signed by the 25 participants. Process of ratification commences.
27 March 2012
Government announces the date of the referendum and the wording for the proposed amendment to the Irish Constitution.
28 March 2012
Greece ratifies the Stability Treaty (parliamentary vote).
13 April 2012
Portugal ratifies the Stability Treaty (parliamentary vote).
19 April 2012
Slovenia ratifies the Treaty (parliamentary vote).
24 April 2012
The Dáil and Seanad complete their debates on the Bill to Amend the Constitution and approve the Bill. This allows for the referendum to proceed as proposed
31 May 2012
The Stabiltiy Treaty Referendum takes place where the electorate will vote on the proposed 30th amendment to the Constitution.
1 June 2012
The votes are counted
The target date agreed by the 17 Member States using the euro for the establishment of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). This will be possible once countries representing 90% of the capital commitments to the ESM have ratified the Treaty establishing the ESM (which is a different Treaty from the Stability Treaty). Ireland’s commitment amounts to 1.592%.
1 January 2013
Target date for the Stability Treaty’s entry into force, which can happen once 12 of the 17 euro member states have completed the ratification process. If this occurs before 1 January, the Treaty enters into force immediately.
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