Dutch Senate approves Lisbon Treaty

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Sixty of the 75 Dutch senators voted for the Treaty of Lisbon.

9 July 2008

THE HAGUE - The Dutch Senate has approved the Treaty of Lisbon although the vote was not unanimous.

Fifteen of the 75 senators voted against. Senators from the Socialist Party, the Animal Rights Party and the SGP, a small right-wing religious party, voted against the European Union treaty.

The Treaty of Lisbon is the successor to the EU constitution, which was rejected by French and Dutch voters in 2005.

The Dutch government did not allow the Lisbon agreement to go to a referendum. The lower house of parliament approved it at the beginning of June and the Senate's approval finalises Dutch adoption of the treaty.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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