Verhagen discusses EU treaty in Lisbon

Foreign minister Maxime Verhagen, in Lisbon for the preparations for the Portugese presidency, spoke with his colleague Luis Amado on 27 June.

Regarding last weekend’s European Council, Verhagen said there was no time to lose in drawing up a new treaty. Its provisions will form a sound basis for tackling major issues such as terrorism and climate change. The new treaty will also lead to an efficient and democratic Union and enable a more coherent foreign policy.

Verhagen and Amado also discussed more regional affairs such as Kosovo, Darfur, the Middle East peace process and the impending EU-Africa summit. Portugal takes over the EU Presidency from Germany on 1 July. Its aim will be to reach agreement on the final wording of the new EU treaty with European heads of government.