The new European Union president plans to “take advantage of political momentum” in the bloc. Prime Minister Jose Socrates is “moving fast” to get a reform treaty signed in mid-October. Just last month, EU leaders agreed a political mandate to negotiate, starting less than two weeks from now. After presenting his programme at the European Parliament, Socrates moved to head off any bid by Poland to reopen a deal on the decisional voting system. “It was to my eyes very clear the compromise we made in the last minutes with Poland. It’s clear for me and it is clear for all the Member States. And once again I don’t expect any problem with Poland and with other Member States.” At the summit, Poland won an eight-year deferment of the new voting system’s coming into force. The Parliament says Portugal’s mandate “safeguards much of the substance of the Constitutional treaty” rejected in 2005 by French and Dutch voters.
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