PM says Lisbon Treaty likely to be ratified by end of the year


Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek said on Monday that the Czech Republic is not delaying its ratification of the Lisbon Treaty artificially, and that the document should be approved by the Czech parliament by the end of the year. Mr Topolánek made the comments following a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, one of the treaty’s biggest supporters, who said that the document could help provide a solution to the current global financial crisis. During a one-day visit to Prague, Chancellor Merkel praised Mr Topolánek for outlining a timeframe for Lisbon Treaty ratification. The Czech Republic is one of only two EU member states not to have decided upon whether to ratify the document.