Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth travelled to The Hague today as part of a series of first official visits to Germany’s partners in Europe. In The Hague he met the Dutch Foreign Minister, Frans Timmermans, who welcomed him at the seat of the Dutch Government.
The Netherlands and Germany are close friends and enjoy good neighbourly relations. An example of this is the two countries’ cooperation on border issues. In an initiative to strengthen cross-border cooperation, several German and Dutch districts and communities have joined to form five European regions (“Euregios”).
Members of the German and Dutch Governments and Parliaments consult each other on a regular basis. The two countries are linked in many different ways in the spheres of politics and business, and they cooperate closely within the EU.
Their close relationship was also reflected in the talks between Minister of State Roth and Foreign Minister Timmermans. After their meeting, Roth issued the following statement:
My exchange of views with Foreign Minister Timmermans was another indication of the excellent relations between Germany and the Netherlands. We discussed ways in which we might further strengthen cooperation between our two countries this year. It is no coincidence that, in 2014, the Netherlands is the partner country of the Hannover Messe. Our neighbour is a country where high-tech industry is flourishing, which is very important for the German job market.
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Minister of State Roth went on to say that the European elections were another topic of their discussions.
Together we want to work towards creating a Europe of shared values, which is characterised by growth based on solidarity, employment, education and social cohesion. That is the best way to keep people in Europe on side of our common project.
In his talks with the Dutch Foreign Minister, Minister of State Roth also confirmed his intention to make progress on establishing an improved mechanism to protect fundamental values in Europe. The Netherlands has been a close partner to the German Government in this endeavour from the beginning.
In the evening Minister of State Roth travelled on to Belgium.