Finland's Åland Islands approve Lisbon Treaty
Rahvusvahelised uudised 25 Nov 2009  EWR
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The Swedish Wire
HELSINKI (AFP) - The parliament of Finland's autonomous Åland Islands approved on Wednesday the European Union's Lisbon Treaty, ending an uncertain situation that could have landed Helsinki in a political quagmire.

Only six out of 30 members of parliament voted against the text, which some of the islands' politicians had used to press Helsinki to bolster Aaland's influence on EU matters.

Although Finland ratified the Lisbon Treaty in September 2008, two-thirds of the Aaland Islands' MPs needed to approve the treaty for the islands to endorse it.

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