The Slovenian Presidency welcomes ratification of the Lisbon Treaty by the Finnish and Estonian parliaments. Each endorsement scores a goal towards winning the European cup final – enforcement of the Treaty on 1 January.
The Presidency is following ratification procedures closely and notes that the Treaty enjoys high support. Until now, 17 Member States have already ratified the Treaty. Besides today's approval by the Finnish and Estonian parliaments, the Treaty has been endorsed by the parliaments of Hungary, Slovenia, Malta, Romania, France, Bulgaria, Poland, Slovakia, Portugal, Denmark, Austria, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany and Luxembourg. The Treaty is thus awaiting endorsement by a minority of Member States. Before its enforcement, the Member States have to deposit their ratification documents with the Italian government.
The Treaty will enable the European Union to face the challenges of the 21st century. Its institutional changes, adaptation of the existing foundations and other novelties will shape a more democratic, efficient and successful Union for its citizens. The innovations introduced by the Lisbon Treaty will bring freshness and new impetus to enhanced functioning of the EU. This will bring benefits to the Member States, the economy and above all to the citizens of the European Union.