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PO Presses President to Ratify Lisbon Treaty
July 9, 2008   
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The ruling coalition of the Civic Platform (PO) and the Polish People's Party (PSL) has prepared a draft resolution for the Sejm, Poland's lower house of parliament, to call on President Lech Kaczyński to ratify the EU reform treaty known as the Lisbon Treaty.

The resolution reads, "The Sejm of the Republic of Poland expresses its conviction that the process of ratifying the Lisbon Treaty should continue in both Poland and other European Union countries. Putting the treaty into practice is a necessary condition for strengthening the EU and making it more efficient. Poland's raison d'état demands an efficient and effective EU. "Taking into account the Polish people's broad support for the treaty, the Sejm of the Republic of Poland hereby appeals to the president to ratify the Lisbon Treaty and to offer active support on the international arena for the process of the treaty's ratification."

Many parliamentarians say they are concerned over an interview that the Polish president gave to a Polish daily newspaper. In the interview, Kaczyński said that, in the wake of the Irish referendum's rejection of the Lisbon Treaty, ratifying the treaty in Poland was "pointless for the time being." If Ireland changes its mind and ratifies the document, there will be no obstacle to ratifying the treaty in Poland, Kaczyński said.

The opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party is against the Sejm approving the resolution calling on the president to sign the treaty. "The Sejm has no possibility of influencing the president with regard to ratification because the house can only authorize him to ratify the treaty, while the final decision belongs to the president," said Przemysław Gosiewski, head of the PiS caucus. Gosiewski said the resolution "is an element of an intensifying dispute between the Sejm and the president in a situation where the president has said clearly that he is in favor of ratification-but only when it becomes clear whether the ratification process will be effective." Gosiewski added that all EU members were sovereign countries and, under EU law, all of them were free to either ratify or reject the treaty. When France and the Netherlands rejected the previous EU reform treaty widely known as the Constitutional Treaty, other EU members discontinued their ratification procedures as well, Gosiewski said.
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