On 30 July, Minister of State for Europe Roth received his counterparts from France and Italy – Harlem Désir and Sandro Gozi – at Villa Borsig in Berlin’s Tegel district, for consultations on European policy.
Minister of State Roth discussed current issues relating to Europe with Harlem Désir and Sandro Gozi, France and Italy’s Secretaries of State for European Affairs. The focus of the talks were the topics of growth and employment, migration and asylum policy as well as the rule of law and fundamental values. As founding members of the EU and leading industrial nations in Europe, Germany, France and Italy have a particular responsibility in these spheres.
In a joint statement, the three Europe Ministers agreed on concrete initiatives on these topics.
Joint statement of the Ministers for European affairs of France, Italy and Germany: For a European Union of values and solidarity, of prosperity and competitiveness (30 June 2014, Berlin)
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Joint initiatives for Europe
At the end of the consultations, Minister of State Michael Roth stated:
My colleagues, Harlem Désir and Sandro Gozi, and I agree that we must not allow Europe to be reduced to a working single market and common currency. Europe is also and indeed above all a community of shared values and solidarity.
Germany, France and Italy want to make a joint contribution to creating the conditions for sustainable growth and better employment opportunities – above all for young people – in Europe. We have agreed on concrete steps to achieve this and we plan to present them to the EU in the near future.
These proposals include concrete measures to renew the fight against youth unemployment in Europe. The main aim is to swiftly remove administrative barriers hampering the use of EU funds from the Youth Employment Initiative. In addition to this, Roth, Désir and Gozi want to work together for better conditions to promote green growth and sustainable employment opportunities in the fields of ecology and the environment.
European community of shared values and solidarity
The three Europe Ministers agreed on further initiatives within asylum and migration policy: Together, Germany, France and Italy want to advocate more intense cooperation between the EU and countries of origin and transit of migrants in the field of combating illegal migration. Moreover, they stated that in light of demographic change and the shortage of skilled workers, a more in-depth exchange of experiences within Europe was important in order to ensure that legal migration was viewed as an opportunity and enrichment for the continent.
Roth, Désir and Gozi also took the opportunity to stress that there was no place in Europe for anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia. In connection with this, Germany, France and Italy also want to work together to create an effective mechanism to protect fundamental values in Europe.
Joint statement of the Ministers for European affairs of France, Italy and Germany: For a European Union of values and solidarity, of prosperity and competitiveness (30 June 2014, Berlin) PDF / 374 KB