Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement today (23 June) prior to his departure for Valencia:
Spain was hit hard by the coronavirus crisis. The controlled and gradual return to normality is part of our fight against the pandemic. Spain has made particularly meticulous preparations for the upcoming summer tourist season. I would like to find out more about these protective measures during my visit to Valencia today. In the coming weeks, guests from Germany will likewise be called upon to respect the strict infection control regulations in the region and to enjoy their summer holiday with the necessary prudence and caution.
I would also like to continue the close dialogue with my counterpart Arancha González Laya regarding the challenges that lie ahead in Europe. The COVID-19 pandemic is the first genuinely global challenge of the 21st century. It has made it abundantly clear to us that we, as the EU, must become more independent and capable of taking action in order to be in a position to defend our values and interests globally also in difficult times. We want to lay the groundwork for this during our Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 July. We are counting on Spain in this regard as a staunchly pro-European partner and vehement advocate of multilateralism.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is flying to Valencia today for a one-day visit.
One week after the lifting of the travel warning for Europe, Foreign Minister Maas will visit the port with Mr Ximo Puig Ferrer, President of the Valencian Government.
The Foreign Minister will then tour the City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) together with his Spanish counterpart Arancha González Laya.
From 1.30 p.m., the two Foreign Ministers will have a working lunch at the headquarters of the Spanish central government in Valencia. A joint press conference is then scheduled to take place from 3.00 p.m.
The Foreign Minister will return to Berlin in the evening.