Extraits de la conférence de presse conjointe de José Manuel Barroso et Margot Wallström sur les résultats du référendum irlandais sur le Traité de Lisbonne
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Margot Wallström, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy, held a joint press conference on 3 October 2009, the day positive results of the second Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty were given.
Ireland, which rejected the Lisbon Treaty by referendum in June 2008, went to the polls on 2 October 2009 to vote on the treaty for the second time.
Ireland is the only EU Member State to have a popular vote on the treaty. The Czech Republic and Poland are the other two countries that have not yet ratified the treaty, which under EU rules must be unanimously approved by all the Member States for it to come into force.
The Lisbon Treaty, among other reforms, aims to streamline decision-making in the Union, which has expanded rapidly from 15 to 27 Members. It would create a President and de facto Foreign Minister for the EU, and it would put an end to national vetoes in the vote on many issues.