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Latest update : 2008-02-04

An overwhelming majority of Romanian MPs cast their vote in favour of the European constitutional treaty adopted in Lisbon last fall. The treaty aims at boosting the Union's institutions following its expansion from 15 to 27.

BUCHAREST, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Romania's parliament
overwhelmingly ratified on Monday the European Union's Lisbon
treaty, signed by EU leaders last year.
 

The treaty was backed by 387 deputies and rejected by one.
It would give Romania, which joined the bloc in 2007, 33 seats
in the European Parliament compared with 35 now.
 

"Bucharest is sending a clear political signal: Romania
genuinely backs the development of the European project and
wants a strong and dynamic Union, focused on the benefit of its
citizens," Prime Minister Calin Tariceanu told parliament.
 

The Lisbon treaty was drawn up after voters in France and
the Netherlands rejected the EU constitution in referendums.
 

The treaty is designed to revamp the bloc's institutions and
decision-making following its expansion from 15 to 27 members.
 

Date created : 2008-02-04

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