Tuesday 30 June 2009

UPDATE:Barroso:Confident Lisbon Treaty To Be Ratified By Fall

UPDATE:Barroso:Confident Lisbon Treaty To Be Ratified By Fall

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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.

"I am confident that with this judgement, the court has cleared the way for a swift conclusion of the German ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, and I welcome the intentions already stated in this respect by German legislators," Barroso said in a statement.

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 06:58 ET (10:58 GMT)

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