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Ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon

Published on March 5, 2008
Declaration from the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Mr. Bernard Kouchner and the Minister of European Affairs, Mr. Jean-Pierre Jouyet.

Paris, February 8, 2008

The French Parliament has adopted the bill authorizing the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon, generating from many rich and impassionate debates.These debates concerned the examination of the bill itself as well as the constitutional review preceding it. They showed that France is still keen on preserving the European ambition of the founding fathers of the Treaty of Rome and that it is hoping to find itself in the leading role for Europe.

Like the President of the Republic had hoped, France strongly contributed to the expansion of this new treaty in close relation with the German and Portuguese presidencies as well as with all of its other partners. France is one of the first Member States of the European Union to ratify the treaty.

The Treaty of Lisbon will allow for better responses to European citizens’ concerns, it will reinforce democracy and efficient decision-making for its 27 members, and it will permit us to turn completely toward the development of future politics in matters of energy, environment, immigration, prosperity, and security for our fellow countrymen. This treaty offers a political boost for the European Union. French people of all political persuasions will be able to take part in all of this.

We applaud the adoption of this law which is very exciting for France and Europe, and we hope that this treaty, allowing us to close the chapter on the institutional question after more than ten years of debates and false-starts, will be put in effect on January 1, 2009 after its ratification by all Member States of the European Union.

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