Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth met his new French counterpart, Minister for European Affairs Marielle de Sarnez, at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin today (30 May).
The talks focused on the preparations for the Franco‑German Council of Ministers in July as well as strengthening bilateral relations.
After the meeting, Minister of State Roth issued the following statement:
My meeting with Marielle de Sarnez showed that we are entering into a new phase in Franco-German relations with the Macron Administration. We agree that we can make Europe stronger, more socially just and more rooted in solidarity, primarily by launching new initiatives together at European level. The priority must be to open up new educational opportunities and career prospects to young people. We also want to make Europe more effective, both internally and in the international arena. The Franco‑German Council of Ministers will provide key impetus for this in Paris on 13 July.
We also want to further strengthen bilateral cooperation. Fostering language skills will play just as crucial a role as the expansion of cross‑border mobility. I am certain that Franco‑German friendship will serve as a model for the whole of Europe.
Minister of State Roth is Commissioner for Franco‑German Cooperation and coordinates bilateral projects with his French counterpart.