Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Lisbon Treaty in Sweden: Legal opinion

The Swedish Council on Legislation (Lagrådet) has given its expert opinion on the government’s draft ratification bill concerning the EU Treaty of Lisbon. The legal opinion, dated 13 June 2008, draws on the earlier statement on the Constitutional Treaty to conclude that the proposed ratification does not require amendments to the Swedish Constitution.

The legal opinion can be accessed at:

http://www.lagradet.se/yttranden/Lissabonfordraget.pdf

This means that the government of Sweden can send the bill to parliament without constitutional complications.

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On the political side, foreign minister Carl Bildt has reiterated his mantra that Irelend decides for Ireland, and Sweden decides for Sweden.


Ralf Grahn