Swedish PM hails Lisbon Treaty kick-off
Rahvusvahelised uudised 01 Dec 2009  EWR
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The Swedish Wire
BRUSSELS (AFP) - Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Tuesday hailed "a new era for Europe" as the bloc's reforming Lisbon Treaty entered into force creating the first EU president and a foreign policy supremo.

"Today EU citizens are heading into a new era. Today is the first day for a more efficient, more modern and more democratic EU, for all citizens," said Reinfeldt, whose country retains the old-style rotating European Union presidency until the end of the year.

The treaty, drawn up to replace the EU's failed constitution, is designed to streamline the workings of an expanding bloc which now encompasses half a billion people and counts one third of the world's total economic production.

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