Group of right-wing senators readies second Lisbon Treaty complaint
A group of Czech right-wing senators has announced it will file a second complaint on the Lisbon Treaty. Civic Democrat Senator Jiří Oberfalzer said the group would again petition the Constitutional Court to examine the treaty’s compatibility with Czech law on September 28. The move, which precedes a key Irish repeat referendum in October, could end up further delaying overall ratification by up to six months.
If leaders in Brussels are worried it is for good reason as they face additional delay in the ratification of the EU’s Lisbon treaty. Although the outcome of the upcoming second Irish referendum now appears to favour Lisbon, a group of right-wing Czech senators will almost certainly complicate further ratification by petitioning the court once again over whether the treaty is compatible with Czech law. Overall ratification could be delayed here for up to six months. Political analyst Petr Just:
The Czech president, in fact, has promised to be the very last to sign the treaty even if it is ratified everywhere else - distinctly ignoring the fact that the document has already received backing in a three-fifths constitutional majority in the Czech Parliament. Petr Just says that is something of a paradox: usually Mr Klaus stresses that the Czech Republic is a parliamentary democracy but in this case he has refused to give Parliament it’s due and clearly has no qualms delaying the result. Petr Just again:
“The Czech Republic will, according to Václav Klaus, be the last country to ratify the treaty and I think this may generally complicate the situation for the Czechs. If not institutionally in the EU, then psychologically: the Czech Republic will risk being seen as a county without too much interest in the European Union.”