The Commissioners for Franco-German cooperation are happy with progress on the Franco-German work programme Agenda 2020
At the Franco-German Council of Ministers today (22 January) in Berlin marking the anniversary of the Élysée Treaty, the two Commissioners for Franco-German Cooperation, Minister of State Michael Georg Link and Minister for Europe Bernard Cazeneuve, together took stock of the Franco-German work programme Agenda 2020.
Minister of State Link issued the following statement:
“Even just three years after the adoption of the ambitious Franco-German Agenda 2020, the first assessment is positive. To date, more than two‑thirds of the projects have either been successfully implemented or are well underway. Particularly striking examples are the setting up of the Trinational Metropolitan Region of the Upper Rhine, joint training for German and French diplomats and the establishment of a joint station for the water police on the Rhine. A quarter of the projects still need proactive involvement on the part of governments and the political determination of both countries if progress is to be made on implementation, for example, in the case of fleet tests in the sphere of electric mobility.”
Joint training for German and French diplomats
Franco-German diplomatic training
The Franco-German Agenda 2020 deals, among other things, with further harmonization of foreign policy. Both governments intend to use the Agenda to make progress on their cooperation in third countries. This is to be achieved in part by putting in place a Franco-German module within the framework of the training programme for future diplomats. Ever since 2010, young French and German diplomats have been meeting alternately in Berlin and Paris.
The young diplomats present their work at the Federal Foreign Office
In 2012, the young diplomats developed their own solutions for current foreign policy issues in future-oriented workshops. These issues included the role of Europe, diplomacy 2.0, as well as the future of Franco-German relations. The highlight was a trade fair of ideas at which they presented their proposals. Click here for more information.
In 2011, the diplomats-to-be were hosted by France. They were received by high‑level personalities, debating with the adviser to the President of the Republic, the Minister for Europe and others. Both German and French participants were gratified to be able to forge contacts even before properly embarking upon their diplomatic career, to get to know each other and to discuss common positions and differing views on foreign policy.
And there was more than just discussions and presentations. Getting to know each other also involved an exchange on ways of life and common interests beyond the realm of politics. One highlight of the week spent together was a football match in the middle of Paris, with red wine and baguette served on the sidelines.
Franco-German dialogue with Poland
Negotiation training for junior diplomats
Poland is an important partner for both countries. France and Germany therefore conduct a regular dialogue with Poland within the framework of the Weimar Triangle. The diplomats-in-waiting, as you might call them, are doing the same thing. Staging trilateral negotiation was particularly intriguing. It was certainly a lively debate, without, however, impinging on the participants’ friendship – this was the conclusion at which all participants arrived. Click here for the blog.
The Agenda 2020 was adopted at the 12th Franco-German Council of Ministers in February 2010. The bilateral work programme lists more than 80 joint projects in various political spheres.
Last updated 22.01.2013