Saturday 12 April 2008

EU Lisbon Treaty ratification bill Finland

The government bill on ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon has been published on the web.

Officially, it goes under the name: Hallituksen esitys Eduskunnalle Euroopan unionista tehdyn sopimuksen ja Euroopan yhteisön perustamissopimuksen muuttamisesta tehdyn Lissabonin sopimuksen hyväksymisestä ja laiksi sen lainsäädännön alaan kuuluvien määräysten voimaansaattamisesta (HE 23/2008 vp)

The 572 page packet can be downloaded in Finnish here:

The Swedish version is called: Regeringens proposition till Riksdagen med förslag om godkännande av Lissabonfördraget om ändring av fördraget om Europeiska unionen och fördraget om upprättandet av Europeiska gemenskapen och till lag om sättande i kraft av de bestämmelser i fördraget som hör till området för lagstiftningen (RP 23/2008 rd)

The Swedish language version is found here:

Prime minister Matti Vanhanen’s speech can be found in Finnish:

Vanhanen’s speech on Lisbon Treaty ratification in Swedish here:

Ralf Grahn


  1. Do you already know the date of the vote on the Treaty of the Eduskunta and Lagting? It's hard to find information on Finland unfortunately.

  2. Right now, I have no exact dates, but my guess would be that the Finnish parliament could give its approval before the summer recess starts in late June (because the parliament in Finland already approved the Constitutional Treaty and the Lisbon Treaty is essentially a version with subtractions).

    Lagtinget, the local parliament of the Åland Islands, could protract its own vote on approval or rejection of the Treaty of Lisbon, bearing in mind that Åland tries to extract concessions on representation from the Finnish government and needs to explore the consequences of a vote leading to the rejection of the amending treaty.


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