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Official stance on EU constitution approved

THE SLOVAK cabinet has approved an official position that will be presented during talks on the EU constitution at the EU summit on June 21 and 22.

Slovakia will not propose any changes to the EU constitution, which was signed by the heads of EU member states in 2004 and approved by Slovak parliament in 2005. Foreign Minister Ján Kubiš said on June 13 that if the EU constitution remains in its current form, Slovakia will be satisfied. He added that although Slovakia is ready for compromises, it wants the philosophy of the document to be preserved and as few issues as possible to be reopened, the SITA news wire wrote.

He said that if some countries do reopen the treaty, Slovakia is ready to compromise on the issue of symbol codification and the post of EU foreign affairs minister and EU president. Moreover, Slovakia will propose that each country have its own commissioner. On the other hand, he said, Slovakia is against the efforts being made by Poland to change the weighting of votes in matters requiring a majority vote for approval.

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