Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt (left) and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barosso

Extra EU Summit for Top Posts

The Swedish presidency of the  European Union has called an extraordinary summit in Brussels next  week on filling the new top jobs of president and foreign policy chief.

The two new posts were created under the Lisbon Treaty which comes into effect on December 1.

According to the Swedish presidency’s website, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt decided to convene the extra informal summit after an introductory round of consultations with his fellow heads of state and government.

The meeting will be held on November 19th.

Reinfeldt tells the daily “Dagens Nyheter” that he is convinced they have a nominee for each position and will have the necessary majorities.

Meanwhile, as speculation continues over who will be Sweden’s new EU commissioner, to succeed Margot Wallström, the tabloid “Expressen” reports that Fredrik Reinfeldt will be using the same much-criticised tactic as his predecessor, Social Democrat Göran Persson. According to the newspaper, rather than consulting the then-opposition on the issue, Persson merely phoned Reinfeldt and informed him of his choice.

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