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Sweden: in the Shadow of Enlargement?

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In a speech delivered on 14 December 2000, Prime Minister Göran Persson informed the Swedish parliament about the content of the Nice agreement. The overriding purpose of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) was to reform the institutions in order to prepare the Union for the accession of new Member States. The Amsterdam treaty had left unresolved some pressing institutional issues, and Member States were in agreement on the need of future institutional reform. This chapter describes in detail the positions taken by Sweden on those issues that finally made it to the IGC agenda and the overriding concerns guiding Sweden's preparations. Next it turns to the stage of interstate bargaining, analysing how the points of departure influenced Swedish negotiating tactics. The chapter considers the ratification debate and the adoption of the Nice Treaty. Sweden's preparations for IGC 2000 and its negotiating behaviour took place in the shadow of enlargement and presidency.

Keywords: Amsterdam negotiation; European Union; Göran Persson; institutional reform; Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) 2000; Nice Treaty; ratification debate; Swedish parliament



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