Estonia, Finland and Greece parliaments vote in favour of Lisbon Treaty

Parliaments in three EU countries have voted by large majorities in favour of the Lisbon Treaty in the past 24 hours as all eyes in Europe turn to Ireland.

The Greek, Finnish and Estonian parliaments have ratified the EU’s Lisbon Treaty just 24 hours before up to three million people here cast their Yes or No vote.

The Greek parliament ratified the landmark referendum by a vote of 250 to 42 at a session that concluded at midnight last night.

A large majority of Finnish deputies – 151 out of 200 – yesterday voted in favour of the document, while 27 opposed it and 21 were absent.

Also yesterday, the neighbouring Estonian parliament also approved the Lisbon Treaty. Its vote was almost unanimous – 91 votes in favour and one against. Nine MPs abstained.

So far, 18 EU members have ratified the treaty, which can only come into force if all 27 European Union nations approve.

Article courtesy of the Evening Echo newspaper.

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