Cyprus President signs European Constitution Treaty
by Katerina Nikolaou
Rome, Oct 29 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos signed here today, on behalf of the Republic of Cyprus, the Treaty for the new constitution of Europe.
The signing ceremony took place at a special ceremony in the Palazzo dei Conservatori in the Italian capital.
Cyprus Foreign Minister George Iacovou also signed the Treaty.
The signing of the Treaty follows an agreement reached on the European Constitution in Brussels, on 18 June by the European heads of state and government.
After the Treaty is signed member states have to ratify the Constitution in accordance with their respective internal requirements. This process is expected to last about two years. The Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus provides that the House of Representatives ratifies the Treaty.
Cyprus along with another nine Central and Eastern European countries and Malta joined the EU in May this year.