Lower house approves Croatia’s EU accession treaty


The lower house of Czech Parliament on Friday approved Croatia’s EU accession treaty; 151 out of 164 deputies present voted in favour. Parliament’s upper house passed the treaty earlier – in April. The Czech government originally planned to link the vote on Croatia’s accession with the vote on the Czech opt-out from the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (a part of the Lisbon Treaty). However, that would have complicated the accession treaty’s ratification as the opposition-controlled upper house would most likely reject the opt-out.