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Slovakia supports EU draft reform treaty

THE SLOVAK Republic supported the EU draft reform treaty, which was the main topic of the Lisbon summit of the heads of European governments and states, said Slovakia's main EU negotiator, Pavol Hamžík.

"It would be irresponsible not to adopt the document because we need reform to enable the functioning of the 27-member EU," he told SITA.

According to Slovak diplomats, Prime Minister Robert Fico did not plan to raise objections to the document's current wording during the summit in Portugal last week.

Several top representatives of the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Slovakia has accepted the fact that, after 2014, the number of EU commissioners will be lower than the actual number of the EU member countries, according to the new EU treaty.

Fico also met Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány at the summit. The Slovak and Hungarian Prime Ministers were to take the first step towards normalising of Slovak-Hungarian relations after a recent rocky stretch.

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