The above is according to Elmar Brok MEP (CDU/EPP). This because today the Czech Senate today approved the Treaty of Lisbon, leaving Ireland as the only EU member state not to have passed it.
From the press release:
“Now the Lisbon treaty lies in the hands of Ireland , because there is no alternative to the Lisbon treaty. The people in Ireland have made it clear that they want the European Union to be more democratic, transparent and efficient. This can only be achieved with the Lisbon treaty” Brok said.
The EU summit in June has to set the conditions for a new referendum in Ireland . “The Irish government should submit a timetable for the ratification of the Lisbon treaty in the entire European Union, in order to make Europe fit for the future”, he emphasised.
That said summit in June will be interesting as it will be chaired by Václav Klaus, the Lisbon-hating President of the Czech Republic.
“Many concerns of Irish citizens regarding the Lisbon treaty are unfounded and can be met by declarations of the European Council, which will later become legally binding. The Lisbon treaty makes the EU more democratic, because it strengthens the European Parliament and the national parliaments. Decision-making will become more efficient under Lisbon, for example by the expansion of majority decisions in the Council. Overall, the work of the European Union becomes more democratic, more efficient, and more transparent”.
Of course we still have to see these declarations and see will they actually mean some of the valid concerns that people have. Of course there won’t be a referendum on the Treaty until October which means hopefully the Government will be a bit more prepared for it.