The European Union reform treaty has been unanimously ratified by Italy’s parliament.
After the Senate approved the Lisbon Treaty, the lower house did the same on Thursday, to the treaty that would reshape EU institutions and powers, as well as streamline decision-making within the 27-nation bloc.
But unless every EU member approves it, the treaty cannot become law, and since Ireland said no in a June referendum, the treaty’s future has been in doubt.
Although 23 EU members have ratified the treaty so far, the January 1 deadline for overall ratification seems unlikely to be met, except if Ireland holds another vote or somehow waves the treaty through.
The treaty has not yet been ratified by Ireland, the Czech Republic, Poland and Sweden.