Today, the prime minister of Sweden, Fredrik Reinfeldt, outlined his country's late and cautious road to European integration, as well as the Swedish government's view of the challenges facing the union. These were the central reform themes for the future, according to Reinfeldt:
- how can the EU increase its economic growth, employment rate and competitiveness?
- how can the EU combat climate change?
- how can the EU promote and safeguard people's mobility across borders?
- how can the EU modernise its budget?
- how can the EU be a strong foreign policy actor that champions the values on which European cooperation is based?
The most obvious of these challenges lies in Europe's economic situation.
As the leader of one of the most successful EU member states, Reinfeldt speaks with some authority.