German-Polish intergovernmental consultations
Foreign Ministers Sikorski and Westerwelle
On 14 November, Foreign Minister Westerwelle met with his Polish counterpart Radosław Sikorski at the Federal Foreign Office within the framework of the German-Polish intergovernmental consultations. They discussed current policy issues relating to international and European questions, such as the EU budget.
Germany and Poland have close ties. Bilateral relations are of great significance for both countries and their societies, especially given the long history they share. Since 1989, German-Polish relations have become stronger in substance and have acquired a new dynamism. The first joint German-Polish cabinet meeting took place in Warsaw in 2011; in 2012, the German Government invited its Polish colleagues to Berlin for the consultations.
Promoting encounters between young people of both countries
Bartoszewski and Westerwelle sign the Krzyżowa declaration
Within the framework of the intergovernmental consultations, Westerwelle and State Secretary Władysław Bartoszewski, the Polish Government’s commissioner for German-Polish cooperation, signed a declaration regarding support of the international Youth Meeting Centre of the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe. Signing this declaration paves the way for financial support from the Polish Government for construction and renovation work at the international Youth Meeting Centre Krzyżowa.
Today, Krzyżowa, the former residence of anti-Nazi resistance fighter Helmuth James Graf von Moltke, is the meeting centre of the German-Polish Youth Office, among other things. It is thus very important as a meeting place for the youth of both countries. The role of Krzyżowa as a meeting place began almost exactly 23 years ago. On 12 November 1989, Federal Chancellor Kohl and Prime Minister Mazowiecki participated in the “Mass of Reconciliation” there.
Multifaceted German-Polish cooperation
In Berlin, both Governments affirmed their desire to strengthen their partnership for Europe. An important point of reference was the German-Polish cooperation programme, which had been adopted by the two governments at the first joint cabinet meeting in Warsaw on 21 June 2011, held to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the German-Polish Treaty on Good-Neighbourliness. Around 100 projects are on the list.
In 2011, considerable progress was made and important results were achieved in numerous issues of particular importance to the people of both countries.
- In Berlin over 70,000 visitors saw the exhibition “Side by Side. Poland – Germany. A 1000 Years of Art and History”, dealing with more than 1000 years of shared history.
- Intense work on the joint German-Polish history book continued. This pedagogical work will make it possible for pupils from both countries to learn about the history from two perspectives.
- A new centre for Polish studies at the universities of Halle-Wittenberg und Jena has strengthened the academic study of Poland in Germany.
- The development of the cooperation in the field of science and research has been very dynamic. One example is the first call for tenders for joint projects in the field of sustainable development.
- The signing of the framework agreement on cross-border cooperation in emergency services as well as the implementation of the pilot project for joint border service posts were also important.
- Coordination of police cooperation during the 2012 European Football Championship was exemplary.
Last updated 14.11.2012