Staff Reporter
SPAIN will be the first of the EU members to hold the European Union (EU) Referendum this Sunday 20 February, however non-Spanish EU residents in Spain and the Balearic Islands are not eligible to vote.

The chief concerns of voters in the Balearics are the financial costs derived from being an island region, immigration, language, and the limit to responsibility for their own affairs and how these will be affected by the European Constitution.

A total of 690'020 Spanish residents in the Balearic Islands (34'692'278 in Spain) are eligible to vote in the referendum on Sunday in order to ratify the European Constitution, said a spokesperson from the electoral census. In the Balearic Islands this is 6'000 more people than were entitled to vote in the European Elections on 13 June 2004.

The total number of voters in Spain who can have their say is 33'562'119, along with 1'130'159 Spanish residents who live abroad.
There will be 304'930 more new voters in Spain who can be part of this referendum, in comparison to those who were able to vote during the European Parliamentary elections last year.

The new EU Constitution will establish a common immigration policy for all member states. The latest legalisation for immigrants that has been unleashed in Spain has been criticised by the other EU countries, in particular Germany and Holland, who state that Spain should have consulted all EU members before implementing this new immigration framework, as, they say, it affects everyone and not only Spain.

The Lawyers' College in the Balearic Islands organised two days of talks to invite people to discover more about the EU Constitutional Treaty that will be voted for this Sunday. The last of the talks will be held today at the Lawyers College in Palma.


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