Slovenia ratifies Lisbon treaty
( dpa )- Slovenia on Tuesday became the second European Union country to ratify the Lisbon treaty, with a vote of 74-6 in the country's 90-seat parliament.
Both the centre-right ruling coalition and the main opposition group have endorsed the Lisbon treaty, which lays out the new institutional structure for a more efficient functioning of what now is a bloc of 27 nations.
An EU member since 2004, Slovenia assumed the rotating, six-month EU presidency on January 1. The parliament in Ljubljana previously turned down a motion by the far-right opposition to hold a referendum on the Lisbon treaty, signed by EU leaders in December.
The treaty cannot come into effect before all 27-member nations ratify it. Hungary confirmed the treaty before Slovenia.