Despite the Czech upper house parliament’s approval of the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty on Wednesday, the countries president Vaclav Klaus appears to be in no rush to ratify.
Lisbon has already been adopted by 23 other EU states and the Czech parliament’s decision removes one of the few remaining obstacles to its path. All eyes now turn to Ireland’s second referendum, which remains the only major stumbling block left. EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said: “It’s in fact a very very important signal of confidence of the Czech Republic in our common project. I hope that all the other necessary requirements are completed in the Czech Republic and also in the countries that have not yet completed their ratification process.” But eurosceptic Czech president Vaclav Klaus says he will not ratify the treaty unless the Irish vote yes. He also said:’‘I will wait and ask for further examination of the Lisbon Treaty in relation to our constitution. I will not think about or consider ratifying the Treaty until the constitutional Court have released their decision.’‘ Seen by opponents as a way of imposing federalism, supporters say Lisbon will streamline decision making in the EU. But, for it to take effect, all member states must ratify it.