EUObserver: Czech President Vaclav Klaus has finally signed the Lisbon Treaty, ending a highly drawn out ratification process that left many wondering whether the document’s provisions would ever see the light of day.
«I signed the Lisbon Treaty today at 15.00 (CET),» Klaus told reporters on Tuesday (3 November).
His signature, the last of EU leaders, follows on from a Czech constitutional court decision early on Tuesday morning that ruled in favour of the Lisbon Treaty’s compatibility with the Czech constitution.
«It’s now absolutely clear that the Lisbon Treaty will enter into force soon,» said European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso upon hearing the news.
Swedish prime minister and current EU president Fredrik Reinfeldt also sought to draw a line under the process.
«His signature ends a far too long period of institutional focus within the EU. It opens up for a more democratic, transparent and efficient Union,» he said.
Welcoming the news, European parliament president Jerzy Buzek said his institution was now ready to swing into action to get a new commission up and running.
«We need a new and strong European Commission in place as soon as possible. The European Parliament will be ready as of the 25 November to start the hearings of the new commissioners- designate,» he said.
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