Saturday, 24 October 2009

EU Treaty of Lisbon: 26 ratifications final?

The Wikipedia article “Ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon” has been updated with final ratification by Ireland yesterday, 23 October 2009. There remain gaping holes only with regard to the Czech Republic: “Presidential Assent” and “Deposited”.

Today’s Irish Times reports that “Minister for European Affairs Dick Roche travelled to Rome yesterday to deposit the instruments of ratification with the Italian government – a formality that all governments must complete before Lisbon can enter into force”.

This is an indication that the ratification instrument has been deposited.


However, the Council does not seem to live in real time. Its web page with ratification details for the Treaty of Lisbon still has a gaping hole where the notification date of Ireland should be.

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Among others, AFP reports that the Czech President Vaclav Klaus has accepted the solution presented by the Swedish Presidency of the EU Council with regard to the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

This means that three member states have seceded from the community of values enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, namely Britain and Poland as well as the Czech Republic, each in order to nurture its own phobias.

The Czech Constitutional Court in Brno hears the complaints regarding the Lisbon Treaty on 27 October 2009.



Ralf Grahn