Polish leaders agree on EU treaty ratification-TV

Poland's President Lech Kaczynski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk have agreed Poland will ratify the new European Union treaty in parliament, TVN24 news channel reported quoting sources close to the prime minister.

Polish leaders agree on EU treaty ratification-TV
Tusk and Kaczynski met on Saturday for a second time in last three days to seek a way out of the deadlock after the conservative opposition, led by Kaczynski's twin brother Jaroslaw, threatened to block ratification in parliament.

Ahead of the meeting Tusk reiterated he would push for a referendum in the EU's biggest ex-communist state if the president and the conservatives continued to block the approval of the pact negotiated when their party was in power.

A plebiscite in Poland could embolden calls for such votes across the European Union, slowing the treaty's adoption and increasing the chances it would not be approved by all 27 members. So far only Ireland is scheduled to hold a referendum.

Surveys show most Poles support the reforming treaty, which gives the EU a long-term presidency, a joint foreign policy and more democratic decision-making.

Agencies
Last Mod: 30 Mart 2008, 15:40
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