Czech Republic ratifies Lisbon Treaty

Wednesday November 11th, 2009

The Czech Republic has finally signed the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty, making it the final EU Member State to do so and marking the final step in the charter’s ratification. The Treaty is now expected to enter into force on 1 December as a result.

President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus’s decision to ratify the Treaty came after the Czech Republic’s constitutional court rejected a last-minute legal challenge from a group of eurosceptic senators. The court then ruled that the Lisbon Treaty does not violate the country’s constitution. This factor was seen as the removal of the final obstacle standing in the way of the Czech Republic’s signature.  

The Treaty of Lisbon (also known as the Reform Treaty, or more commonly the Lisbon Treaty) is an international agreement signed in Lisbon on 13 December 2007. The Treaty is designed to change the workings of the European Union. Some of the major changes proposed include a full-time EU President and a more powerful European foreign policy chief, which is expected to boost the EU’s standing on the world stage.

President of the European Council Fredrik Reinfeldt said: “I am very pleased that President Klaus has signed the Lisbon Treaty. His signature ends a far too long period of institutional focus within the EU. It opens the way for a more democratic, transparent and efficient Union.”

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