Sarkozy comments threaten EU treaty - Czech PM

The Czech Republic, which currently holds the European Union's rotating presidency, has not held a vote in its parliament yet on the reform-focused treaty.

Sarkozy comments threaten EU treaty - Czech PM
Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek was quoted on Monday as saying ratification of the EU's Lisbon treaty by the Czech Republic had been threatened because of comments made by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Sarkozy angered Czechs last week by suggesting French car companies should locate plants at home rather than in countries like the Czech Republic.
"If somebody wanted to seriously threaten ratification of the Lisbon treaty, they couldn't have picked a better means or time," Topolanek said in an interview with the Hospodarske Noviny daily newspaper.

The Czech Republic, which currently holds the European Union's rotating presidency, has not held a vote in its parliament yet on the reform-focused treaty.

The treaty, which must be ratified by all 27 EU countries to take effect, will give the bloc a long-term president, a more powerful foreign representative, and change voting procedures to remove the need for unanimity.

It has been ratified so far by 24 of the member countries. Ireland rejected the treaty in a referendum but plans to hold a new vote later this year. The Polish parliament has approved the treaty but the president has yet to sign it.

Reuters
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