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UPDATED: 08:32, June 15, 2007
Polish president foresees successful EU summit
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Poland's President Lech Kaczynski said on Thursday that next week's EU summit in Brussels would end in success with a compromise on the EU's constitutional treaty.

After meeting visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Lech Kaczynski said he believed "we will reach a compromise that will satisfy all nations" during the meetings on June 21-22, Polish news agency PAP reported.

Poland is seen as the main obstacle to talks on a new EU constitutional treaty, and Sarkozy said that, after talks with the Polish president, he now better understood Poland's position on the treaty.

"We have not agreed everything but after this meeting I better understand all these uncertainties in Poland," Sarkozy said.

While reiterating Poland's position on the key issue of voting rights within the treaty, Kaczynski also suggested his country may be ready for a compromise.

In the draft document of the EU treaty, new rules are designed to reduce individual countries' bargaining power. They suggest a double majority for the approval of a law with the support of at least 55 percent of the EU member states and at least 65 percent of the EU population.

Poland, a country with about 38 million citizens, maintains that the new rules favor the bigger countries. Under the current EU rules, Warsaw has almost as many votes as Germany, with a population of 82 million.

The French president said Poland has a historic role to play in Europe.

"Poland is the most populated country among the new EU members, and is among the six most-populated EU countries," he noted.

Sarkozy is paying a one-day visit to Poland Thursday. Later in the day he is to meet with Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

Source: Xinhua

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