On April 4 2008, representatives from all over Europe attended the EUD Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Jens-Peter Bonde was elected president of the organisation, with Nicolas Dupont-Aignan and Hélène Goudin as co-presidents.
The Congress also included statements prepared by all participants. These statements drew attention to various areas of focus for the EUDemocrats, including democratic shortcomings at both national and EU level and the EUD's core values.
"J'aime l'Europe, je vote non!" ("I love Europe, I vote no").
The above came from Mr. Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, recently elected lord mayor capturing a record 80% of the votes. The statement represents the slogan from his campaign against the EU Constitution, and explains that like the EUD and its members, he recognizes the benefits brought by the EU but still works to ensure democracy and accountability.
2009 elections should be a proxy referendum, stated Mr Declan Ganley, Irish entrepreneur running his own campaign against the Lisbon Treaty. Voting for EUD representatives will send a clear message that EU citizens will not forget how they were ignored in the Lisbon Treaty ratification process.
"It is regrettable that the citizens have to vote either the extreme right or the extreme left to express a different view on EU affairs"
Nils Lundgren, Swedish MEP, used the above statement to explain that the EUD is a more realistic alternative for most EU citizens.
Agora Project, Slovakia
Mr. Peter Kopecky from Slovakia proposed a new, national-level campaign to promote direct democracy in his home country.