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Ratification

Ratification of the Lisbon Treaty began in December 2007 and continued throughout 2008 and 2009. While most EU Member States have ratified the treaty by parliamentary vote, Ireland put the text to a referendum.

Following Ireland's rejection of the Treaty in June 2008, the governments of the 27 EU Member States postponed the target date for completing the ratification process until 1 January 2010. The Irish people finally voted yes to the Lisbon Treaty and its additionnal legal guarantees on 2 October 2009 (67.1 percent voted in favour of the new rules while 32.9 percent voted against).

On the 3rd November 2009, all the Member States have finally ratified the Lisbon Treaty. The treaty entered into force on 1 December.

 


Ratification of the Lisbon Treaty: State of play on 25 September 2009

Country

Status

Ratification Procedure

Austria

Ratified on 13 May 2008

Parliamentary vote

Belgium

Ratified on 15 October 2008

Parliamentary vote

Bulgaria

Ratified on 28 April 2008

Parliamentary vote

Cyprus

Ratified on 26 August 2008

Parliamentary vote

Czech Republic

Ratified on 3 November 2009

Parliamentary vote

Denmark

Ratified on 29 May 2008

Parliamentary vote

Estonia

Ratified on 23 September 2008

Parliamentary vote

Finland

Ratified on 30 September 2008

Parliamentary vote

France

Ratified on 14 February 2008

Parliamentary vote

Germany

Ratified on 25 September 2009

Parliamentary vote

Greece

Ratified on 12 August 2008

Parliamentary vote

Hungary

Ratified on  6 February 2008

Parliamentary vote

Ireland

Approved on 2 October 2009

Referendum

Italy

Ratified on 8 August 2008

Parliamentary vote

Latvia

Ratified on 16 June 2008

Parliamentary vote

Lithuania

Ratified on 26 August 2008

Parliamentary vote

Luxembourg

Ratified on 21 July 2008

Parliamentary vote

Malta

Ratified on 6 February 2008

Parliamentary vote

Netherlands

Ratified on 2008

Parliamentary vote

Poland

Ratified on 10 October 2009

Parliamentary vote

Portugal

Ratified on 17 June 2008

Parliamentary vote

Romania

Ratified on 11 March 2008

Parliamentary vote

Slovakia

Ratified on 24 June 2008

Parliamentary vote

Slovenia

Ratified on 24 April 2008

Parliamentary vote

Spain

Ratified on 8 October 2008

Parliamentary vote

Sweden

Ratified on 10 December 2008

Parliamentary vote

United Kingdom

Ratified on 16 July 2008

Parliamentary vote

Source: Europa

The European Parliament also voted to ratify the Lisbon Treaty on 20 February 2008 (525 in favour, 115 against and 29 abstentions. Click here to read the European Parliament's resolution on the Lisbon Treaty.