Constitutional Court removes another hurdle on the road to Lisbon treaty ratification

The Constitutional Court has rejected a complaint regarding the validity of an amendment which prevents the government from transferring national powers to the EU without the consent of Parliament. The amendment broadened support for the Lisbon treaty in the Czech lowers house and its abrogation would have placed another hurdle in the way of the treaty’s ratification. The court is still expected to rule on a complaint by 17 right-wing senators who have asked it to asses the treaty’s compatibility with Czech law.

Prime Minister Jan Fisher and the Minister for EU affairs Stefan Fulle have welcomed Tuesday’s verdict as another important step on the road to the treaty’s ratification. Mr. Fischer is expected to meet with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and EC chief Jose Manuel Barroso on Wednesday to discuss the way forward on Lisbon.