22nd Mar 2018

Cyprus ratifies EU constitution

  • Cyprus is the 11th country to have ratified the EU Constitution (Photo: European Commission)

Cyprus has become the eleventh EU member to ratify the EU constitution after its parliament approved it on Thursday (30 June).

Thirty deputies voted in favour of the treaty, 19 voted against and one abstained during the special two-day session.

Thank you for reading EUobserver!

Subscribe now for a 30 day free trial.

  1. €150 per year
  2. or €15 per month
  3. Cancel anytime

EUobserver is an independent, not-for-profit news organization that publishes daily news reports, analysis, and investigations from Brussels and the EU member states. We are an indispensable news source for anyone who wants to know what is going on in the EU.

We are mainly funded by advertising and subscription revenues. As advertising revenues are falling fast, we depend on subscription revenues to support our journalism.

For group, corporate or student subscriptions, please contact us. See also our full Terms of Use.

If you already have an account click here to login.

The communist party Akel - the largest in the parliament with 20 seats - opposed the constitution, calling it "neo-conservative" and "militaristic", according to Le Monde.

But foreign minister George Iacovou said, "It's a great day for Cyprus and it's a very important day for Europe".

And Vassos Lyssarides, honourary president of socialist party Edek, said that "rejection of the constitution would mean accepting the uncertainty currently hanging over the EU".

Cyprus, which is one of the ten new EU members that joined the bloc on 1 May 2004, is the first country to ratify the document after EU leaders decided in June to put the ratification process on ice following the rejection of the document in both the French and Dutch referendums.

Luxembourg is next up to face the EU charter with a referendum on 10 July.

Out of the 11 countries which have ratified the document so far, six are new member states - Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia, Slovakia and Cyprus - while only one country, Spain, has approved it by referendum.


Malta's Labour party will decide at an extraordinary general conference over the weekend whether to back ratification of the treaty.

Delegates of the party appear split ahead of the secret ballot with former party leader Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici arguing against the constitution while the current leadership of the party is in favour.

The Malta Labour Party fought against membership of the EU, but lost the battle in a referendum.

Commission rejects ombudsman criticism over Barroso case

The European Commission repeated that it followed the rules when its former head joined Goldman Sachs - and suggested it will not follow the EU Ombudsman's demand to refer the case back to the ethics committee.

News in Brief

  1. EU to have 'immediate' trade talks with Trump
  2. Separatist activist renounces Catalonia leadership candidacy
  3. EU puts conditions on Bayer-Monsanto merger
  4. Hard Brexit would hit poorer Irish households hardest
  5. Finland hosts secretive North Korean talks
  6. EU to unveil 3% tax on digital giants
  7. German elected S&D leader in European Parliament
  8. Germany: nearly €350m child benefit goes abroad

Stakeholders' Highlights

  1. EUobserverStart a Career in EU Media. Apply Now to Become Our Next Sales Associate
  2. EUobserverHiring - Finance Officer With Accounting Degree or Experience - Apply Now!
  3. ECR GroupAn Opportunity to Help Shape a Better Future for Europe
  4. Counter BalanceControversial Turkish Azerbaijani Gas Pipeline Gets Major EU Loan
  5. World VisionSyria’s Children ‘At Risk of Never Fully Recovering', New Study Finds
  6. Macedonian Human Rights MovementMeets with US Congress Member to Denounce Anti-Macedonian Name Negotiations
  7. Martens CentreEuropean Defence Union: Time to Aim High?
  8. UNESDAWatch UNESDA’s President Toast Its 60th Anniversary Year
  9. AJC Transatlantic InstituteAJC Condemns MEP Ana Gomes’s Anti-Semitic Remark, Calls for Disciplinary Action
  10. EPSUEU Commissioners Deny 9.8 Million Workers Legal Minimum Standards on Information Rights
  11. ACCAAppropriate Risk Management is Crucial for Effective Strategic Leadership
  12. EPSUWill the Circular Economy be an Economy With no Workers?

Latest News

  1. EU leaders set for 'stormy debate' on digital tax at summit
  2. EU praises Turkey on migrant deal despite Greek misery
  3. Judicial reforms 'restore balance', Poland tells EU
  4. Whistleblower fears for life as US arrests Malta bank chair
  5. Behind the scenes at Monday's EU talks on Russia
  6. US yet to push on Nord Stream 2 sanctions
  7. EU mulls coercion to get refugee kids' fingerprints
  8. Five east European states prevent new CAP consensus