Most Czechs want parliament to ratify Lisbon Treaty

CzechNews
29. 1. 2009 7:00
Survey conducted by STEM shows increasingly more people understand what the Lisbon Treaty is about
When visiting Prague, José Manuel Barroso recommended the Czech Republic to arpprove the Lisbon Treaty.
When visiting Prague, José Manuel Barroso recommended the Czech Republic to arpprove the Lisbon Treaty. | Foto: Ondřej Besperát

Prague - Despite the fact most Czechs do not fully understand what the Lisbon Treaty is about, they think Czech parliament should ratify the Treaty, according to the poll conducted in January by polling agency STEM.

In the past quarter of a year the support of the Lisbon Treaty among Czechs has increased by 19 percent. In October 2008 it was 45 percent of respondents supporting the Treaty, while in January it wnet up to 64 percent. STEM believes it is due to the Czech EU Presidency.

The most important thing is, though, that the number of people who are aware of what the Lisbon Treaty means is on the rise too. Three out of ten respondents understand what the Treaty is about.

The Green party voters show the biggest support of the Treaty (74 percent), followed by Social Democrat supporters (68 percent) and then by Civic Democrat fans (67 percent). Voters of the Communist party (KSČM) prove to be the most skeptical among the respondents.

The Lisbon Treaty is yet to be ratified by Czech parliament.

Together with Ireland, the Czech Republic is the last country not to have ratified the Treaty. Social Democrats have tried to push the approval of the Treaty.

Among the most vocal critics of the Lisbon Treaty is Czech president Václav Klaus. He argues that the Treaty would limit the country's sovereignty.

However, in October 2008 the Czech Constitutional Court ruled that the Treaty does not infringe the Czech constitution.

 

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