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Saturday, 10 October 2009

President signs the Lisbon Treaty


José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, Jerzy Buzek, the President of the European Parliament, Fredrik Reifeldt, the Prime Minister of Sweden – the country currently presiding over the EU, Donald Tusk and Bogdan Borusewicz, the Speaker of the Senate, all accepted invitations to the ceremony which was held in the Presidential Palace.

The President, in the speech he delivered before signing the ratification document, said that “today is a day of immense importance, both from the point of view of our history and the history of the Community.”
Lech Kaczyński remarked that, for many months, he had been reassuring that he would ratify the Lisbon Treaty when the people of Ireland changed the opinion they expressed in the first referendum in 2008. In the repeated referendum on 2nd October 2009, the people of Ireland voted in favour of the Treaty.
The President emphasized that Poland is and will remain a sovereign state and that the people of Poland, and not the people of Ireland, should decide whether the Treaty is ratified in Poland but – as he remarked – "the rule of unanimity operates in the EU." “And since there is such a rule, it does not matter whether it was Germany, Malta, France or Estonia that refused to sign the Treaty; if someone refused to sign the Treaty, it would mean the death of it – and it was the change of the decision of the people of Ireland which 'brought the Treaty back to life'," Lech Kaczyński added.

“Poland has achieved numerous successes in negotiations on the Lisbon Treaty,” the President emphasized. “The European Union is a close association of states but it is still an association of sovereign states and we would like this to remain the way it is as it mirrors the current situation of Europe well,” he said.

President Lech Kaczyński, in a speech closing Saturday’s ratification ceremony of the Lisbon Treaty, said that it was a day of self-confidence for Poland. He remarked that, even though the majority of Poles support the European Union and the Lisbon Treaty, we must not forget about those who still have doubts.
“They, too, are our citizens. There may be less of them in Poland than in other countries but they still require some persuasion. I hope that it will be the European Union and not Poland that convinces them the solutions introduced by the Lisbon Treaty are not solutions depriving anyone of their rights," Lech Kaczyński said.


(PAP, own information)


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