Slovak Parliament opened a debate on the EU reform treaty draft after Foreign Minister Ján Kubis presented MPs with a report on its negotiation on October 17.
Daniel Lipšic from the KDH opposition party said the draft would considerably limit member countries’ sovereignty. He stressed that its wording mirrors to a large extent the text of the constitutional treaty that was rejected by referenda held in France and the Netherlands last year and claimed the draft goes even further by shifting jurisdiction over certain issues to the European Union. This will weaken minor countries by curbing their voting rights, he said.
The final wording of the draft reform treaty should be signed in December and sent for ratification by EU members. Unlike the previous constitutional treaty, the reform treaty will not require a referendum in most EU countries. The Slovak Republic plans to support the EU draft reform treaty, which is the main topic of the Lisbon summit of the heads of European governments and states. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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18. Oct 2007 at 14:30