Slovenian Presidency welcomes ratification of the Lisbon Treaty by Bulgaria's Parliament. We are pleased that Bulgaria has next to Hungary, Slovenia, Malta, Romania and France taken a step to the entry into force of the Treaty which is fundamental for the common European future.
Without any doubt the European Union will become more effective, transparent and democratic with the Lisbon Treaty. The Treaty is an important instrument which will bring Europe a new impetus and enable it to meet the challenges of the 21th century. Positive changes will not apply only to the European Institutions but also to the citizens of the European Union who will participate in positive changes and novelties, directly as well as indirectly by a better functioning of the Institutions.
Every ratification is an important part of a mosaic, which needs to be built completely. Only then the Treaty will enter into force on 1 January 2009 as it is envisaged.
For more information about the Lisbon Treaty, it's ratification by the Member States and the benefits it will bring to the citizens of the European Union, see Europe – Treaty of Lisbon