New York, N.Y., June 13, 2008 – News reports indicate that Irish voters have decisively rejected the Lisbon treaty, which would mandate a series of significant administrative reforms in the 27-member union.
Following is a statement by Thomas Niles, former U.S. ambassador to the EU and former assistant secretary of state for Europe and Canada. Mr. Niles is presently vice chair of the United States Council for International Business, an industry group based in New York.
“It is regrettable that these essentially administrative reforms to the EU’s decision-making process have been dealt a setback. The Lisbon treaty would make Europe a much more effective player on the international scene. We can anticipate a further round of inward-looking preoccupation by European governments and the public.
“If the Irish vote proves fatal to the Lisbon treaty, this is unfortunate for the United States and others in the international community, because European leadership and cooperation on trade, the Middle East and a host of other matters is urgently needed.”
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