The Slovenian Presidency welcomes the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty in the Danish and Austrian parliaments. This important Treaty, a foundation for further efficient functioning of the European Union and joint confrontation of all Member States with the challenges of globalisation and the 21st century, was thus endorsed in two Member States at the same time.
After Hungary, Slovenia, Malta, Romania, the French Republic, Bulgaria, Poland and the Slovak Republic, Denmark and Austria have become the ninth and the tenth Member State in which the ratification procedure has been concluded. Each ratification and every stage within ratification procedures in individual Member States represent an important step forward on the path to the ultimate goal, the entry into force of the Treaty on 1 January 2009. The Presidency follows carefully the ratification procedures in the Member States and takes note that they are well under way and that the Treaty enjoys the necessary support it undoubtedly deserves.
The Treaty of Lisbon is an important instrument which will ensure more transparency, democracy and greater efficiency in the functioning of the European Union. The functioning will become more efficient not only within the Union, but also in its external relations, which will bring additional benefits. The Presidency welcomes the ratification of the Treaty in national parliaments.
For more information on the Treaty of Lisbon, the ratification procedures in the Member States and the benefits envisaged in the Treaty for the citizens of the European Union, please see Europe – Treaty of Lisbon