Conflicting reports continue to come out of Poland about when President Lech Kaczynski will put pen to paper to cap off his country’s Lisbon Treaty ratification.
Aide Tomasz Brzezinski has said the signing ceremony will take place this Saturday. This was after the eurosceptic president’s twin, former premier Jaroslaw, dismissed earlier reports about a weekend closure. Another top aide simply said Kaczynski had pledged to sign the EU’s reform treaty soon after it was approved by Irish voters. That was last Friday — overwhelmingly. Top spokesman for Kacyznski Pawel Wypych said: “The only thing that was delaying the signing of the Lisbon Treaty was the opinion of the president that all nations, even the smaller ones in Europe, are also important and sovereign and may not be leaned on to take one decision or another in a referendum. We are very glad that the decision was taken. I will repeat once again what the president has been saying for several weeks: Poland will not hinder implementation of the Lisbon Treaty.” Both chambers of parliament in Warsaw approved Lisbon earlier this year. The presidential chief of staff said Poland was in no rush to ratify the treaty, and that when it did so was of no particular importance to European Union partners.