Günter Gloser, Minister of State for Europe, is to receive his new French counterpart, Minister of State for European Affairs and Commissioner for Franco-German Cooperation Bruno Le Maire, on his inaugural visit to Berlin.
Their talks will focus on the issues on the European agenda as the French Council Presidency draws to a close. They will also discuss bilateral matters.
Minister of State Gloser issued the following statement today (17 December) in advance of the meeting:
"I am delighted that Minister of State Le Maire has chosen to come to Germany on his first trip abroad after assuming office. I am also very pleased that the post of Minister of State for European Affairs and Commissioner for Bilateral Relations has again been given to someone with a profound knowledge of Germany. I am confident that we will be able to continue the close and trusting cooperation between our two countries."
Minister of State Le Maire is 39 years old. He assumed office on 13 December 2008, following a Cabinet reshuffle in which his predecessor Jean-Pierre Jouyet was put in charge of the French financial market regulator.
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