November 3, 2009 / 3:16 PM / 9 years ago

Czech President Klaus signs Lisbon Treaty

The Czech Republic's President Vaclav Klaus speaks to the media after signing the Lisbon treaty in Prague November 3, 2009. REUTERS/Petr Josek

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech President Vaclav Klaus signed the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty Tuesday, bringing into force the EU’s plan to overhaul its institutions and win a greater role on the world stage.

Klaus was the last EU leader to ratify the treaty and his signature, coming after the top Czech court cleared the pact, means the bloc of nearly half a billion people can pick its first-ever long-time president and a more powerful foreign representative.

“I signed the Lisbon Treaty today at 1500 (local time, 2 p.m. British time),” Klaus told reporters.

Reporting by Jana Mlcochova; Writing by Jan Lopatka; Editing by Louise Ireland

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