On 2 October 2009 the Irish voted in favour of the Lisbon Treaty, bringing them into line with the other 24 signatories. This was a decisive stage in the implementation of the treaty; a “yes” that has put an end to a long preparation and ratification period. The last of the countries that were hesitating over the treaty, beginning with the Czech Republic, have in fact followed suit and signed. It will come into force on 1 December 2009.
This has been a long process to go through, as Jean-François Drevet stresses, for institutional advances that “are not commensurate with what is at issue politically,” given the international situation and the troubling economic context. After recalling the slowness of the implementation processes for European treaties, Drevet emphasizes, in particular, Europe’s need to build a common economic policy and to “be able to punch its weight” on the world stage.
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