No new euro referendum before 2010

The Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson said he respects the result from the referendum last fall, and there will probably not be a new referendum in Sweden regarding the euro until 2010.

Persson made this statement during a visit in Japan Tuesday, according to the Danish news bureau Ritzau.

«We must respect the result of the referendum,» Persson said pointing out that a large majority of Swedish voters said no to the euro in September.

The Swedish Prime Minister said that he still believed that Sweden eventually was going to join the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).

«In my opinion, we will sooner or later become a member of this group for countries,» said Persson when he met the press in Tokyo.

In addition to Sweden, the EU countries Denmark and Great Britain have not introduced the euro.

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