Via OpenEurope’s press pages:
National diplomats have this morning finalised changes to the Lisbon Treaty in order to allow 18 extra MEPs to take their seats. EU leaders agreed at last week’s EU summit to launch an Intergovernmental Conference to handle the required treaty change. This short IGC was dealt with at “Coreper II”, the meeting of the permanent representatives of the member states in Brussels
Now it is up to national parliaments to ratify the treaty change. Despite already taking their salaries, the 18 additional MEPs cannot take their seats before the ratification is finalised in all 27 member states.