Czech President Vaclav Klaus says he can wait
European Union

Sweden Welcomes Czech Senate Ratification of Lisbon

Sweden has welcomed the approval of the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty by the Czech senate on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt says the decision is gratifying, but points out that the very EU-sceptical Czech president Vaclav Klaus still has to sign the treaty, and he’s said he might wait until Ireland holds a new referendum later this year.

Swedish Minister for European Affairs Cecilia Malmström says the treaty will reinforce the EU’s decision-making capacity while making the union more open and democratic.

Sweden takes over the rotating EU presidency from the Czechs in July, and there’s been concern that the unsettled question of the Lisbon Treaty may complicate the Swedish presidency. (gw)

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