If you were in doubt about the fundamentally anti-democratic nature of the EU, just look at the last paragraph of this article in New Europe (whose dane-brammaged mark-up means I can't link directly to the header of the offending section, but have to ask you to scroll down…).
The EU has now accumulated significant (bad) experiences with referenda. It was very delicately yet effectively communicated by the Romanian social-democrat MEPs: “The referendum in Ireland has demonstrated that direct democracy (by way of referendum) cannot ensure the progress of the European process. The security, liberty and prosperity of hundreds of millions of European citizens ask for complex leadership actions, which cannot be appreciated by heterogeneous populations, from the point of view of the information level and the education one. European integration is a process that must be conducted politically by the elected representatives of the European citizens.”
By "bad experiences" it means that they have a problem with the idea of being told where to get off.
H/T, the Devil.