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Csaky says Slovakia will ratify EU Constitutional Treaty

DEPUTY Minister for European Integration Pal Csaky says that even if one or two countries fail to ratify the European Constitutional Treaty, these countries will still have the legal means to repeat the referendum.

Csaky was speaking at the 'European Forum 2005' conference in Bratislava on May 9.

The conference, presided over by Csaky has as its main theme 'The EU Constitution-Why Yes, Why Not', the TASR news agency wrote.

France, which will hold its constitutional referendum on May 29, is considered the country least likely to ratify the constitution.

Csaky thinks that the constitution will improve the EU's ability to act.

"I believe that on May 11 the Slovak parliament will set a positive example for the strongest EU members, and that our MPs will approve the constitution by a majority of votes," he added.

After voting on the constitution, the Cabinet will propose the possible revision of the Slovak Constitution to adapt it to the main obligations of the EU Constitutional Treaty.

Compiled by Magdalena MacLeod from press reports
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