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Minister of State Michael Link: good news that there will continue to be a German consulate general in Strasbourg

21.09.2012 - Press release

There will continue to be a German consulate-general in Strasbourg. Minister of State Link, the German Government’s Commissioner for Franco-German Cooperation, commented today (21 September) on this decision as follows:

It’s good news that there will continue to be a German consulate-general in Strasbourg.
The German consulate-general there is very important for people in the region. It serves the many Germans with homes in Alsace as well as the large number of French people living in the Franco-German border region. Also in future the consulate-general will provide important consular services such as the issuing of passports and ID cards.
Together with my French opposite number Bernard Cazeneuve, I’m also working hard to expand mutual access to public services at all levels for people on both sides of the Rhine. Our goal is to make cross-border contacts and interaction in the region even easier.
Germany and France attach great importance to cross-border cooperation – also and in particular in this Franco-German Year, when we’ll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Élysée Treaty.

Following its regular review of German embassies and consulates-general around the world, the Federal Foreign Office has decided to restructure the consulate-general in Strasbourg. The head of Germany’s Permanent Representation to the Council of Europe will also head the German consulate-general in Strasbourg. As in the past, the Consul-General will be assisted by a second career diplomat.

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