EU-TREATY/MALTA

JANUARY 29 2008 22:17h

Malta Ratifies EU´s Lisbon Treaty

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Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi said the treaty would give Malta a sixth seat in the European Parliament.

Malta's parliament unanimously ratified on Tuesday the European Union's Lisbon treaty, signed by EU leaders last month as a substitute for the abandoned EU constitution.

Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi said the treaty would give Malta a sixth seat in the European Parliament, from the current five, and that the country would be eligible for aid.

The Lisbon treaty was drawn up after voters in France and the Netherlands rejected the EU constitution in referendums.

The Labour Opposition, which had been against Malta's EU membership, said it agreed that the new treaty was good for the European Union and for Malta.