Statement by José Manuel Barroso on the Czech Constitutional Court ruling on the Lisbon Treaty
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 03/11/2009 First transmission: 03/11/2009
Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, Spokeperson for José Manuel Barroso, President f the EC, gives José Manuel Barroso's statement on the ruling of the Czech Constitutional Court on the Lisbon Treaty. The Czech Republic's Constitutional Court ruled that the European Union's Lisbon Treaty does not clash with the Czech constitution, allowing the pact's ratification which now only needs to be signed by Czech president Vaclav Klaus, a treaty opponent. At their summit in Brussels the 29/10/2009, leaders of EU member states agreed to an opt-out from a part of the Lisbon Treaty, the Charter of Fundamental Rights, which Vaclav Klaus views as a threat to Czech citizens' property rights. The highest Czech court, based in Brno, ruled in 2008 that key elements of the treaty were in accordance with the constitution. The ruling of 27/10/2009 was in response to a second challenge to the treaty.
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||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, spokesperson for José Manuel Barroso, president of the EC: I am extremely pleased that the Czech constitutional Court has cleared the way for the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty by the Czech Republic. Together with the commitments given by all Member States to the Czech government at the European Council last week, I believe that no further unnecessary delays should prevent the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. I hope that we can now move forward as quickly as possible on the nomination of the President of the European Council, and the Vice-President of the Commission, the High Representative. After this and when I have received the complete list of candidates for the next Commission, I can proceed with its formation.
This was the statement that the President issued when we received the ruling of the Czech constitutional Court on the Lisbon Treaty.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen: there is no formalisation of candidatures because until this morning we have of course been waiting for the formalisation of procedures in the Czech Republic. And by the way we are still waiting for the procedures to be accomplished and completed in the Czech Republic. so, I am not in the position to give you a final list of names which have been put forward by the governments of the Member States, but this is a process which will hopefully very soon be able to move into formal stages.