October 23, 2009
[efoods]The statement effectively removes the final sticking point for ratification of the treaty.
Mr Klaus, a staunch eurosceptic, is the only EU leader who has not yet completed ratification of the treaty, aimed at streamlining decision-making in the 27-member bloc.
He shocked the EU and the Czech government earlier this month when he demanded an opt-out clause to shield the Czech Republic from property claims from ethnic Germans expelled from the country after World War Two.
The government has been negotiating his demands with Sweden, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency, and aims to secure approval for the opt-out at a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels next week.