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Poland moves toward approval of Lisbon Treaty

Latest update : 2008-04-01

Polish parliament's lower house approved the EU treaty, allaying fears that the country would hold up EU reform. Final approval requires the upper house's vote and President Kaczynski's signature.



WARSAW, April 1 (Reuters) - The lower house of Polish
parliament backed the European Union's reform treaty on Tuesday,
allaying concerns that Poland could trip up its ratification
across the bloc.
 

The charter still needs approval of the upper house, which
is scheduled to vote on Wednesday, and the signature of
President Lech Kaczynski.
 

Last month, Kaczynski and his twin brother Jaroslaw, leader
of the conservative opposition, threatened to block the treaty
in parliament but they backed down when Prime Minister Donald
Tusk said he was ready to put the issue to a referendum.
 

The treaty aims to streamline decision-making in the bloc
after its historic expansion to central and eastern Europe. It
must be ratified by all 27 member states by the end of the year.

Date created : 2008-04-01

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