EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt on Thursday (10 December) dismissed criticism from some of his EU counterparts for implementing a Lisbon Treaty novelty that sees foreign ministers excluded from EU summits.
"Sometimes I have the impression that there is an expectation of me to be some sort of a chairman of a foreign ministers' trade union, which I obviously am not," Mr Bildt told MEPs in the foreign affairs committee during an overview of the Swedish EU presidency, which steps down at the end of the year.
Some foreign ministers – more or less openly - criticised the speed with which the Swedish presidency acted to implement the new EU legal framework.
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