The Slovenian presidency welcomed the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty by Malta, which became the third country after Hungary and Slovenia to successfully conclude the ratification process. The Maltese parliament voted to ratify just hours after the treaty was passed in Slovenia’s National Assembly.
The treaty was signed on 13 December 2007, and will enter into force when it has been ratified by all 27 member states. Each ratification represents a vital step towards the final objective – bringing the treaty into force within the deadline set out in the Berlin Declaration.
The Lisbon Treaty represents a significant advance to the functioning of the European Union, making it more effective, more transparent, and more democratic. The European Union will be provided with modern institutions and ensure that member states will be able to face the challenges of the modern world together. The Lisbon Treaty is without doubt a treaty for the 21st century, and worthy of full support.
Ratification of the treaty is the number one priority of the Slovenian presidency, and is a vital tool in ensuring the European Union can achieve the objectives it has set. The presidency is therefore carefully monitoring the ratification process throughout the member states, and to date has found that procedures are underway and the treaty is enjoying support. The Slovenian Presidency is therefore convinced that the majority of member states will have completed the ratification process by the end of its six-month term.
More information on the Lisbon Treaty, how the ratification process is progressing around the member states, and the benefits the treaty will usher in for EU citizens is available at: Europa - Treaty of Lisbon