Polish president 'to sign EU's Lisbon Treaty Sunday'

Poland and the Czech Republic are the only countries in the 27-member EU still to ratify the treaty.

Polish president 'to sign EU's Lisbon Treaty Sunday'

Poland's President Lech Kaczynski will sign the European Union's Lisbon Treaty into law on Sunday, a presidential aide said on Thursday.

"The president keeps his word. He said he will sign the treaty with no delays if the Irish say 'yes'. On Sunday he will sign the treaty," Aleksander Szczyglow told TVN 24.

Poland and the Czech Republic are the only countries in the 27-member EU still to ratify the treaty after Irish voters overwhemingly backed the document in a referendum last Friday.

Kaczynski's move would leave only Czech President Vaclav Klaus still to approve the document, which requires unanimous backing by all 27 EU member states to come into force.

Last week, another presidential aide, Pawel Wypych, said Kaczynski had delayed signing the treaty because he respected the democratic process in Ireland and had not wanted to put pressure on Irish voters ahead of the referendum.

The two chambers of Poland's parliament ratified the treaty last year. Prime Minister Donald Tusk's centre-right, pro-EU coalition has a majority in both chambers.

Kaczynski and his twin brother Jaroslaw -- Poland's then-prime minister and now leader of the main opposition party -- reluctantly accepted the Lisbon Treaty in 2007 after winning concessions on voting rights.


Reuters

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