A referendum to decide whether or not Greece is to accept the bailout conditions proposed jointly by the European Commission (EC), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Central Bank (ECB) on 25 June 2015, is due to take place on 5 July 2015. The referendum was announced by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in the early morning of 27 June 2015, and ratified the following day by the Parliament and the President. It will be the first referendum to be held since therepublic referendum of 1974, and the only one in modern Greek history not to concern the form of government.
The Syriza-led Greek coalition government had previously publicly indicated that it might choose to call a referendum, or call fresh elections, if it was not able to secure an acceptable deal in the bailout negotiations. The referendum was announced by Tsipras in the early morning of 27 June 2015. No prior notice of the decision was given to the Eurogroup. In the early hours of 28 June 2015, Parliament voted on whether or not the government’s proposed bailout referendum should be held, with 178 MPs (Syriza, ANEL and Golden Dawn) for, 120 MPs (all other parties) against and two MPs abstaining. It was approved by the President that evening.
Voters will be asked whether they approve of the proposal made to Greece by the EU, the IMF and the ECB during the Eurogroup meeting on 25 June. The proposal consists of two documents, titled”Reforms For The Completion Of The Current Program And Beyond” and “Preliminary Debt Sustainability Analysis.”. The question will contain two choices stated as “Those citizens that reject the proposal of the three institutions vote ‘Not approved/No'” and “Those citizens that agree with the proposal of the three institutions vote ‘Approved/Yes'”.