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Lisbon Treaty Ratification Soon?
January 30, 2008   
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The government wants parliament to ratify the European Union Reform Treaty "without unnecessary delay," said Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski.

The treaty, also known as the Lisbon Treaty, will be submitted to the lower house of parliament, the Sejm, for ratification by the end of February, Sikorski said. "We are currently fine-tuning the substantiation for the treaty," he told members of the Sejm committee on the European Union.

Sikorski added that Poland had no plans to withdraw from the "British protocol" to the Charter of Fundamental Rights. The charter guarantees fundamental civil, economic and welfare rights for EU citizens. The British-Polish protocol provides exemptions for Britain and Poland in applying the charter in certain cases.

"The Polish-British protocol is a kind of safety valve for a very narrow spectrum of issues in which the jurisdiction of local courts could differ from European judicature," Sikorski said. "The safety valve is based on our reserving the right, in that narrow category of cases, for Polish law to take priority over European law."
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