Reinfeldt Attending Key EU Summit
Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt is in Brussels for two days of summit talks with Europe's leaders which will go a long way in shaping the future of the EU.
Reinfeldt, in Sweden's role as President of the EU, along with big names such as Germany's Angela Merkel, Britain's Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy of France will engage in two days of talks covering such topics as reaching a common mandate ahead of the December Copenhagen climate summit , resolving the Lisbon treaty and a common Baltic sea strategy.
Also sure to be included in informal talks between the European Union leaders is the issue of who should become the bloc's first long-term president, a post that is to be created under the EU's Lisbon treaty on institutional reform.
The president of the Council of EU leaders will be picked unanimously for a two-and-a-half-year term, strengthening the current system of a six-month presidency that member states hold in turn.
This will happen only if the Czech Republic ratifies the treaty. The other 26 EU countries have done so.