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EYES FIXED ON CZECH COURT.

While the EU institutions were closed on 2 November and news was scarce, attention was riveted on the Czech Constitutional Court in Brno, which is due to rule, on 3 November, on the compatibility of the Lisbon Treaty with the Czech Republic's fundamental national law.

It is not yet sure whether the judges will decide the same day to reject or accept the most recent appeal against the text, lodged at the end of September by 17 Eurosceptic senators close to President Vaclav Klaus. If the court does back the treaty, which looks likely, then the head of state should sign forthwith the ratification bill, which was already approved by parliament, on 2 November. This would remove the final obstacle to the treaty. Klaus no longer has a reason to object to the bill since the 29-30 October EU summit in Brussels, where the participants accepted his demand for an derogation for his country from the Charter of Fundamental Rights (see Europolitics 3851).

Klaus will fly to Washington, on 4 November, and could sign the law just beforehand, or on his return, on 7 November. The treaty could therefore become official the first day of the month after the instruments of ratification are deposited (in Rome) by the last signatory state in this procedure, meaning on 1 December.

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