Czech parliament delays Lisbon Treaty vote

Other News Materials 4 February 2009 12:41 (UTC +04:00)

The Czech parliament's lower house Wednesday adjourned a session on the Lisbon Treaty, the European Union's stalled reform blueprint, until February 17, further postponing the vote on the pact at a time when the Czech Republic chairs the EU, reported dpa.

The 200-seat house adjourned the session in a 115-73 vote, at the request of Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, who had signed the treaty on country's behalf in December 2007 and has since given it only lukewarm support.

The Czech Republic, which presides over the EU until June 30, is the last member state yet to vote on the pact, which has been stalled since Irish voters rejected it in a June 2008 referendum.

If adopted, the treaty would overhaul EU institutions with aim to streamline decision-making in the enlarged 27-member bloc.