Friday 21 November 2008

Sweden ratifies Lisbon Treaty

After twelve hours of plenary debate, the Swedish Parliament (Sveriges Riksdag) approved the EU Lisbon Treaty at midnight local time, clearing the way for formal ratification by depositing the ratification instrument in Rome.


Approval required a three fourths majority.

The provisional minutes are promised in a few hours.


This leaves the Czech Republic, the holder of the next EU Council presidency, as the lone straggler among the member states’ parliaments.

In Poland and Germany the parliaments have approved the amending Treaty of Lisbon, but the Polish President has obstructed and the German Constitutional Court has not yet ruled on a number of complaints.

After the Swedish vote, rejectionist Ireland is a little bit more in a category of its own among the 27 member states of the European Union.

The Committee report, Utrikesutskottets betänkande 2008/09:UU8, is now available on the Parliament’s web site: .

Ralf Grahn

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