Tuesday, 30 June 2009

EU Barroso: Confident Lisbon Treaty Will Be Ratified By Fall

EU Barroso: Confident Lisbon Treaty Will Be Ratified By Fall

BRUSSELS -(Dow Jones)- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso Tuesday said he is confident all 27 European Union countries will ratify the bloc's stalled Lisbon Treaty by this autumn.

The treaty, designed to streamline the E.U.'s decision-making process, suffered another setback earlier Tuesday when Germany's highest court ruled the country couldn't ratify the treaty until changes are made to national legislation.

Irish voters last year rejected the treaty. The country is due to hold a second referendum on the pact in October.

-By Adam Cohen, Dow Jones Newswires; +322 741 1486; adam.cohen@dowjones.com

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June 30, 2009 06:33 ET (10:33 GMT)


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