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Klaus Has Signed the Treaty of Lisbon!

Czech President Vaclav Klaus has signed the ratification documents for the Treaty of Lisbon after the decision of the Czech Constitutional Court.

The Treaty of Lisbon can enter into force on December, 1st or January, 1st.

Czech Constitutional Court Approves Ratification of Treaty of Lisbon

The Czech Constitutional Court has ruled that that the Treaty of Lisbon, and ratification of it, does not contravene the Czech constitutional order.

The Court says that it does not consider it possible, in view of the role that it plays in the constitutional system of the Czech Republic, that it should create such a catalog of non-transferrable competences and authoritatively define ‘the substantive limits for the transfer of competence’ as the petitioner requests.

 

Deal on Czech Demands for Opt-Out

The European Council has accepted the demands of Czech President Vaclav Klaus to include an opt-out from the application of the Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union. The opt-out will be included at a later stage in the Treaty of Lisbon.

 

Now we are waiting for the decision of the Czech Constitutional Court that may come on November, 3rd.

 

Klaus Will Sign?

Die Welt says that Czech President Vaclav Klaus has abandoned his fight against the Treaty of Lisbon. The newspaper cites an interview in Lidove Noviny, but fails to specify any timing.

It is very difficult to assess this information.

Pressure on Klaus to Sign Ratification Papers

There is mounting pressure on the Czech President Vaclav Klaus to sign ratification papers for the Treaty of Lisbon. Klaus has argued that he cannot sign now due to the new pending appeal at the Czech Constitutional Court.

Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita says (via Euractiv) that the Czech Republic could receive an influential post in the new European Commission in exchange for President Klaus’s signature. Poland itself is expected to finalize ratification shortly.

In any case it seems unlikely that the ratification process will end before November, 1st.

German Constitutional Court Clears Lisbon Treaty for Ratification

The German Constitutional Court has decided that “there are no decisive constitutional objections to the Act Approving the Treaty of Lisbon” (link hat tip: Ana Yankova). According to the Court the treaty, as such, is compatible with German Constitution. The court specifically stated that the treaty would not lead to the formation of an EU state.

This outcome was expected, but I’m glad that one more obstacle in front of the Treaty of Lisbon is gone.

Draft Text of the Declaration on Irish Guarantees for the Treaty of Lisbon

We have now the draft version of the declaration of the European Council on the guarantees for Ireland for the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon.

In its essence it is an official interpretation of the text of the Treaty of Lisbon, to be associated with Ireland’s instrument of ratification.

Some of the texts are not completely precise and I hope that will be worked out.

Ireland Pressured to Decide in September on the Lisbon Treaty

This was expected. Euractiv says that Ireland has been pressured by other EU member states to speed up preparations for a second referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon. Member states have Abandoned initial plans to extend the Commission’s mandate, and now want to enable the new EU executive to be appointed in October under the terms of the Lisbon Treaty.

I was quite skeptical of the legal basis for extension of the Commission mandate, and obviously the implications of the Nice Treaty are better understood now.

Czech Senate Approves Lisbon Treaty

The Czech Senate has approved the Treaty of Lisbon with 54 approving and 20 against. Now the Czech President Vaclav Klaus must sign the ratification law; but this is unlikely to happen before some clarity over Ireland (Polish President Kaczynski has also delayed signing the ratification papers).

This is indeed good news, for the Czech Senate was a real obstacle to the ratification process; however, this is not the end of the saga.