Lisbon Treaty

Sweden Welcomes Czech Signature

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt welcomed the signature of the Czech President Vaclav Klaus on the Lisbon Treaty.

"This is the end of a very long ratification process," Reinfeldt told the News Agency TT in Washington, where he spent Tuesday in climate talks between the EU and the US.

Reinfeldt announced that this means he can now have open consultations regarding the top jobs as the President and the Foreign Minister of the EU. A new top level meeting among EU leaders will be held some time in November in order to agree on who are going to fill these posts.

Earlier, Sweden's European Affairs Minister, Cecilia Malmström wrote on her blog that The Lisbon Treaty is likely to come into effect on the 1st of December.

President Klaus signed the Lisbon Treaty only hours after the highest court of the Czech Republic had ruled that the Treaty does not violate the Czech constitution.

In Sweden, two new EU parliamentarians will have to prepare for life in Brussels and Strasbourg, as the Lisbon Treaty means Sweden will go from 18 to 20 EU parliament seats.

Jens Nilsson from the Social Democrats is currently the Mayor of Östersund who will start working in the EU-parliament after the new year. Amelia Andersdotter from the Pirate Party will with her 22 years of age become the youngest member of the EU-parliament. She is currently studying Economics at the university.

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