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Cyprus; European Union: Ratification of the Lisbon Treaty

(July 2, 2008) On July 4, 2008, the Republic of Cyprus became the twentieth European Union Member State to ratify the Lisbon Treaty (whose formal title is the Treaty of Lisbon Amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty Establishing the European Community), which was signed on December 13, 2007 (2007 Official Journal of the European Union (C306) 1, available at Thirty-one Members of the Cyprus House of Representatives, the country's unicameral parliament, voted in favor of ratification, 18 against, and 1 abstained.

The President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barosso, congratulated the Cyprus government and parliament on the overwhelming support they showed for the Treaty. Barosso said in a written statement, “approval of the Treaty is a strong signal of how important it is that all Member States are heard during the ratification process.” The President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pottering, also welcomed Cyprus's ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, stating: “coming after the Irish Referendum, the approval by a big majority of the Members of the Cyprus House of Representatives is a very positive signal that the Lisbon Treaty is in Europe's vital interest.” (Cypriot Parliament Ratifies Lisbon Treaty, ANA-MPA DAILY NEWS BULLETIN, July 4, 2008, at 11, available through Embassy of Greece, Washington, DC.)