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Summary: May 12, 2005: Statement of Vice-President of the European Commission Margot Wallström on the ratification of the European Constitution by Austria and Slovakia (Brussels)
I welcome the successful ratification of the Constitution in Austria and the Slovak Republic today. Today’s votes mean that 7 Member States (Lithuania, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Greece, Austria, Slovakia) have already ratified the Constitution (formal ratification by Spain, by the vote of the Senate is expected in the coming few weeks).
The two approvals today, which are the first of a series of parliamentary ratifications in May, and the fact that almost one-third of Member States have concluded the ratification, take the Union a significant step closer to the entry into force of the Constitution.