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Finland, Estonia and Greece ratify the Treaty of Lisbon

Finland, Estonia and Greece have all ratified the European Union‘s Treaty of Lisbon, also known as the Reform Treaty. This brings the total number of ratifications by member states to 18, with all 27 required to do so if the treaty is to come into effect.

The treaty, so named because the initial signing by the EU’s members was at Lisbon, Portugal, is a replacement for a failed constitution that aims to streamline the EU’s voting procedure and increase its efficiency, amongst other changes. It is also intended to simplify efforts and may even introduce the possibility of motions proposed by citizens. Read More…