Minister of State opens Germany Weeks in Poland 20 years after Treaty on Good Neighbourliness

06.05.2011 - Press release

At the start of the Germany Weeks in Poland, Minister of State Cornelia Pieper issued the following statement in Warsaw today:

“The bond of close cooperation and regular consultation that exists between Germany and Poland is one of the pillars of European politics. In 1991, after the watershed of 1989/90, the Treaty on Good Neighbourliness and Friendly Cooperation laid the foundations for it. As we reach the 20th anniversary of that treaty, we take the opportunity to ignite young people’s enthusiasm for further developing German-Polish cooperation, with the ”neighbours“ project ”Sąsiedzi - Nachbarn 2.0“. Today’s launch party in the Warsaw club ”1500m2“ is the start of a six-week programme which will doubtless spark off many more projects.”

The programme itself includes the “Experyment DE-PL” contest for mobile-phone films, “Parallele Städte”, a project celebrating parallel cities through performance art in urban spaces, the theatre trip “Krakow-Berlin-XPRS” and the “Design in Aktion” project, which sees German and Polish artists transform Mokotowska, a street in the centre of Warsaw, into a catwalk for German and Polish design ideas.

“Through our Germany Weeks, we are offering young people the opportunity to get to know each other and work together on creative projects. If this leads to one or two examples of the innovative potential inherent in social cross-border cooperation, then our work will have been worthwhile,” concluded Minister of State Pieper in Warsaw today.

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