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Czech President Tells Reinfeldt of New Treaty Condition

Published torsdag 8 oktober 2009 kl 18.39
Czech President Vacklav Klaus

Poland's President Lech Kaczynski will sign the European Union's Lisbon reform treaty on Saturday, leaving only Czech President Vaclav Klaus still to approve the document after Irish voters backed the treaty in a referendum Last Friday.

That may prove difficult with Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt admitting on Thursday evening that in a telephone conversation today between the pair, the Czech President had set out a new condition for ratifying the text.

Klaus told EU President Sweden that he wants a footnote adding to the document before signing it.

Reinfeldt said "he wishes to add a footnote with two sentences. As far as I understand it, he's linking this to the (EU's) Charter of Fundamental Rights and then he wants the European Council to take a decision on this footnote,"

"I told him that this was the wrong message at the wrong time, that it is very late in the process," the Swedish leader said.

The Lisbon treaty has to be approved by all 27 EU member states in order to come into force, possibly next year, and time is running out, with the commission's mandate due to expire at the end of the month.

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