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by Euro Reporter
2009-09-30 07:53:53
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A new complaint against Lisbon treaty

Czech senators, mainly from the Civic Democrats (ODS), submitted their proposal for further examination whether the EU reform Lisbon treaty complies with the constitution to the Constitutional Court today, Senator Jiri Oberfalzer, representing the complainants.

Critics of their step point out that this obstruction will threaten the Czech Republic's position and influence in the EU. The government today called the senators' step a move towards the completion of the treaty's ratification process. The new proposal is aimed at the whole treaty, while last autumn the Constitutional Court, on the basis of the senators' first complaint, and was to examine only its most controversial parts. The court concluded that they are not at variance with the Czech constitutional order.

Oberfalzer said the court should clearly say whether the EU would still be an international organisation and not a certain "superstate" after the adoption of the Lisbon treaty. "The Lisbon treaty is namely an immense step towards federation and federation is a superstate," Oberfalzer said previously. The senators' complaint met with various reactions on the political scene. ODS chairman Mirek Topolanek said after a meeting with EC President Jose Barroso today that the Czech Republic might lose a seat in the European Commission if President Vaclav Klaus did not sign the Lisbon treaty and if Czech senators filed a complaint against it with the Constitutional Court. Topolanek connected his own political career with the future of the Lisbon treaty.

Another nail for the Lisbon treaty!

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Czechs might lose seat in European Commission


The Czech Republic might lose a seat in the European Commission if President Vaclav Klaus did not sign the Lisbon treaty and if senators filed a complaint against it with the Constitutional Court, Civic Democrat (ODS) head Mirek Topolanek said after talks with EC President Jose Barroso.

Topolanek told journalists that he would link his further political career with the future of the EU reform Lisbon treaty and with whether the Czech Republic would lose the post of European commissioner or not. A group of Czech senators, mainly from the ODS, intends to file a complaint against the Lisbon treaty with the Constitutional Court. Topolanek today promised Barroso that he would appeal to the senators not to file their new complaint.

"It seems to me absurd and these people are really forcing our country into isolation," Topolanek said. "I must say that I intend to connect my further political career with the fate of the Lisbon treaty as I did in the past when I linked my political career with the ratification of the document in both houses of parliament," he said. "This was very difficult for me as the chairman of the party that had objections to the treaty," Topolanek added.

Talking about …Lisbon!!!

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Court tightens former Czech StB agent's prison sentence


The High Court in Olomouc today increased the prison sentence given to Pavel Minarik, former agent of the Communist secret police (StB), for an insurance fraud from 4.5 years to six years in an appeals trial. The Regional Court in Brno sentenced Minarik to 4.5 years in March.

The verdict has taken effect and Minarik must start serving his sentence, Aktualne.cz writes. According to the charges, Minarik's company exported overpriced optical fibres that he insured for tens of millions of crowns to Ukraine in 1996. His accomplices then set the consignment on fire in a simulated car accident behind the border in order to claim insurance money from the Kooperativa insurer. Minarik then received 6.5 million crowns in compensation from Kooperativa. He rejected the insurer's offer to provide new fibres for him.

Minarik naturally pleaded not guilty.

     
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