Slovenian Presidency welcomes the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty in the German parliament. Until now, the Treaty has been endorsed by the parliaments of Hungary, Slovenia, Malta, Romania, France, Bulgaria, Poland, the Slovak Republic, Portugal, Denmark, Austria, Latvia and Lithuania. Today, it was also approved by the Upper House of the German parliament. Thus, it has been ratified by one half of the Member States.
May we reiterate that the European Union will undoubtedly greatly benefit from the enforcement of the Treaty of Lisbon on all levels – of citizens and business community as well as of the Member States. The Treaty creates an institutional framework and legal bases that will provide the Union with more powers and efficient instruments to be used in its facing the current and future challenges. It will contribute to the further sharing and expanding of common values, both within the European Union and in its external relations. Undoubtedly, it represents an important foundation for the future of the EU as a whole and deserves all the support.
Each ratification in every Member State is an important step leading to the achievement of the common goal of all Member States to ensure the soonest enforcement of the Treaty. The Treaty will enter into force on 1 January 2009 provided that by then all instruments of ratification are deposited with the Government of the Italian Republic.
More about the Lisbon Treaty, details of ratification procedures in the Member States, and the benefits the Treaty brings to EU citizens – available on the web site: Europa - Treaty of Lisbon