Minister of State Michael Link, Commissioner for Franco German Cooperation at the Federal Foreign Office, will meet his French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve tomorrow (8 September). The meeting will take place on the fringes of the respected Franco German Encounters in Evian.
The two ministers’ bilateral talks will focus on the future of the Franco German relations. They will also address further preparations for the festivities in honour of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Élysée Treaty on 22 January 2013.
Minister of State Link today (7 September) issued the following statement ahead of the meeting:
Because Europe is the only way for us to have a positive future, Germany and France need to move European integration forward – the German and French share a responsibility for the further Developmentof the European Union.
I greatly welcome the fact that businesses from both countries have for many years regarded themselves as a part of the broad ranging dialogue between Germany and France. The talks in Evian are rightfully held in high regard as a hub and catalyst for building ties between German and French companies and business leaders. Close business cooperation and intensive exchange between our two economies have always formed a foundation for our common interests.
Every year since 1992, the Franco German Encounters in Evian have brought together top level representatives of the German and French business worlds.