Europe’s Delware

12 Nov

And so it begins:

Lithuania has become the first country in the European Union to ratify the European Constitution – just under two weeks after the document was formally signed.

The small Baltic state, which joined the EU on 1 May, ratified the document via its parliament – the Seimas – by an overwhelming majority on Thursday (11 November).

Eighty-four voted in favour of the Constitution with four against and three abstentions.

Ratification came on the last day of the current Seimas which is being dissolved following the recent general elections.

"This parliament wanted to do it because they were very much involved in the process via the Convention [which drew up the text]", said a Lithuanian diplomat in Brussels.

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