Czech top court clears EU's reforming Lisbon Treaty

The Czech top court on Tuesday cleared the European Union's reforming Lisbon Treaty, one of the last hurdles to its ratification, saying it was in line with the country's constitution.

"The Lisbon Treaty... as a whole... does not run counter to the Czech constitution," constitutional court chairman Pavel Rychetsky said in a televised hearing.

The ruling paves the way for eurosceptic Czech President Vaclav Klaus to sign the document which aims to streamline decision-making in the 27-nation bloc and which must be signed by all EU members to take effect.

The EU has been waiting for Klaus to end the current impasse which has hampered the European Commission -- the EU's executive arm -- whose mandate expired at the end of October.

source AFP

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