aaalisbon1Whilst President Barroso was in the meeting with the EESC news came in that the Czech Senate had voted in favour of ratifying the Lisbon Treaty, and by a sizeable majority (54 votes in favour, 20 against and 5 abstentions). It was as though the sun had suddenly come out from behind a cloud. The Lisbon Treaty is not out of the woods yet, but it is definitely on the right road.