Belgium has completed the parliamentary ratification process of the EU's Lisbon Treaty.

The treaty, which seeks to streamline EU institutions as the bloc expands, now needs to be signed by Belgian King Albert II for it to be fully ratified by Belgium.

Irish voters rejected the treaty, which has to be ratified by all 27 EU member states to take effect.

A spokesman for the Flemish parliament, the last of Belgium's seven assemblies that still had to give its opinion on the treaty, said that 78 lawmakers voted in favour and 22 against.