Spain Ratifies Lisbon Treaty

09:52, 16 July 2008
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The treaty was designed to replace the EU constitution

The upper house of the Spanish parliament ratified the Lisbon Treaty on Tuesday after the Deputy Congress gave its approval with a large majority, according to Novinite.

The Senate`s ratification makes Spain the 23th out of 27 member countries to back the document.

The Lisbon Treaty, which is designed to improve the EU`s decision-making process, needs to be ratified by all of the bloc`s 27 member states.

The treaty was designed to replace the EU constitution, which was rejected by French and Dutch voters in 2005.

Ireland, the only country to hold a referendum over the Lisbon Treaty, rejected it with 53.4 percent of the voters saying "no."

On Tuesday French president Nicolas Sarkozy commented that Ireland would have to hold a second referendum on the new EU treaty after last month`s rejection.

Mr Sarkozy, who took over the EU presidency on July 1, travels to Dublin on Monday aiming to come up with a solution to the crisis sparked by the Irish result.

Novinite

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