Vienna, 5 October 2009 Press release

Spindelegger on Ireland: "A sign of confidence in Europe"

Foreign Minister on the Treaty of Lisbon referendum in Ireland

Vienna, 3 October 2009 - "In Ireland, the odds seem to be in favour of a clear ‘yes’ to the Treaty of Lisbon. This is a clear sign of confidence in Europe. Particularly during a global economic crisis people appreciate the ‘protective coat function’ of the European Union and get a feeling of what the EU is worth," stated Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger in a first response to the Irish referendum.

Ireland was the only country where a referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon had been necessary. In all other Member States, the national parliaments had already declared themselves in favour of the Treaty’s ratification. However, besides Ireland, Poland and the Czech Republic had not yet deposited their instruments of ratification.

"I hope that after this encouraging Irish vote it won’t take long until the last steps required for the Reform Treaty’s entry into force are taken. In view of the manifold challenges ranging from financial crisis to climate change we need a still more efficient, modern and democratic Union. The Treaty of Lisbon should, therefore, enter into force before the end of this year in order to enable the EU to fully concentrate on these tasks of the future without being distracted by internal issues," concluded Spindelegger.

Federal Ministry for
European and International Affairs
Press Department
Tel.: ++43 (0) 50 1150-3262, 4549, 4550, 3739
Fax: ++43 (0) 50 1159-213