Spain vows to make Lisbon Treaty priority
Spain welcomed Saturday the Irish Yes vote for the European Union's Lisbon Treaty and said it would make its implementation a priority during its presidency of the bloc during the first half of 2010.Madrid - Spain welcomed Saturday the Irish Yes vote for the European Union's Lisbon Treaty and said it would make its implementation a priority during its presidency of the bloc during the first half of 2010.
"The Spanish presidency of the European Union will implement this treaty which symbolizes the new Europe of the 21st century. We are very pleased with this very clear victory of the Yes side. The period of uncertainty is over," secretary of state for the EU, Diego Lopez Garrido, told AFP.
The result is "stimulating for all those who are pro-European" and it shows that "the Irish saw in Europe the best way" to face the economic crisis, he added.
"This fourth Spanish presidency of the EU will be the most complex, difficult and also most passionate because it will have to face this ambitious challenge."
In a statement, Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said the result was "a yes to Europe".
"The Lisbon Treaty will give the EU new tools for more agile decision-making and a stronger presence outside the bloc. And that, at a time of economic crisis that requires efforts on behalf all Europeans," he added
Ireland is the only EU country constitutionally obliged to put the treaty -- designed to streamline decision-making in the expanding European bloc -- to a referendum.
Of the 27 EU states, Poland and the Czech Republic are the only others yet to ratify it.