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Klaus's signature removes final hurdle, says Slovak foreign minister

Slovakia's foreign minister, Miroslav Lajčák, described Czech President Václav Klaus's signing of the Lisbon Treaty on November 3 as the removal of the last hurdle to completion of the document's ratification process.

Slovakia's foreign minister, Miroslav Lajčák, described Czech President Václav Klaus's signing of the Lisbon Treaty on November 3 as the removal of the last hurdle to completion of the document's ratification process.

"I think that this will really allow us to focus on the issues in store for us – on building new institutions, a new commission and particularly that the European Union will have more energy, act as a global player and deal with issues surrounding it," Lajčák said, after a meeting with his Hungarian counterpart in Banská Bystrica earlier in the day.

He added that "we spent too much time and energy on handling our internal affairs." Klaus's ratification of the treaty is in line with Slovakia's desire. The Czech president announced on Tuesday, November 3, that he had signed the Lisbon Treaty. Klaus's signature means that completion of the Lisbon Treaty's ratification process not only in the Czech Republic but across the union, as the Czech Republic was the last country ratify it.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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