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The Brussels government gave the green light, on 21 December, to the Lisbon Treaty that EU heads of state and government signed on 13 December last year in the Portuguese capital. The Brussels-Capital region is therefore the first Belgian authority to have started the approval and ratification procedure for the new EU treaty in Belgium. The Lisbon Treaty is, according to Belgian law, a mixed treaty, that is to say that it simultaneously affects federal, regional and community competencies. This means that it must also...

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