Last minute preparations for Gothenburg Summit

Foreign minister meet in Luxembourg to discuss enlargement, sustainable development, EU-US summit and Irish rejection of Nice Treaty

EU foreign ministers meet in Luxembourg 11 June to discuss an agenda dominated by this week's EU-US summit and the European Council in Gothenburg. Climate change, the Middle East, the Balkans and trade issues are the major issues for the EU-US summit. The main focus in Gothenburg was supposed to be primarily enlargement and sustainable development but the Irish rejection of the Nice Treaty is likely to dominate.


The foreign ministers are expected to issue a statement in Luxembourg today that calls upon Member States to push on with ratification of the Nice Treaty whilst giving Ireland time to hold another referendum. Their response is expected to be along the same lines as that taken when Denmark voted against the Maastricht Treaty in 1992.

President George Bush will attend the EU-US Summit in Gothenburg on 14 June on what is his first visit to Europe as President. The European Council will also be held in Gothenburg on 15 and 16 June.


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