House gives unanimous OK to Lisbon blueprint
Rome, July 31 — The Italian parliament ratified the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty on Thursday.
All MPs and ministers rose to applaud the unanimous vote except the Northern League who did not budge.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said the vote reflected ‘‘renewed prestige for the European role of our country’’.
‘‘I am happy that the government, the majority and the opposition have expressed a common view on a crucial terrain for the future of the country,’’ he said.
He voiced the hope that the EU’s ratification process would be completed before next June’s European Parliament elections.
Hat tip: Insubria.