Placing French charm at the service of Europe, President Nicolas Sarkozy has agreed to raise some of Poland’s concerns over the new EU treaty with the Portuguese European Union presidency. This was according to Polish President Lech Kaczynski after a meeting in Paris.
Warsaw has reluctantly agreed to the new treaty, which is aimed at making the bloc more efficient, but is still holding out for changes which would give it more influence. “We are both very optimistic,” Kaczynski said. “The remaining questions are about details.”
Poland’s main demand is to incorporate into the body of the treaty the so called Ioannina Compromise allowing small groups
of states short of blocking power to delay EU decisions. EU leaders hope the Lisbon summit in ten days time will approve the treaty. Poland also wants a seat at the European Court of Justice, and more European Parliament members.