Frans-Duits samenwerkingsverdrag van Aken: open brief van de Ambassadeurs van Frankrijk en van Duitsland in Nederland [fr]
Ter gelegenheid van het 56-jarig bestaan van het Élysée-verdrag, ondertekenden Emmanuel Macron, de president van de Franse Republiek, en Angela Merkel, bondskanselier van de Bondsrepubliek Duitsland, op 22 januari 2019 een nieuw verdrag in Aken over Frans-Duitse samenwerking en integratie.
Lees hieronder de gezamenlijke brief van de Ambassadeurs van Frankrijk en van Duitsland in Nederland (in het Engels)
- De Franse ambassadeur Philippe Lalliot en de Duitse ambassadeur Dirk Brengelmann over het nieuwe Verdrag van Aken (in het Engels)
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The Treaty of Aachen, signed today by the President of the French Republic and the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, is a treaty of friendship and cooperation. It complements the 1963 Elysée Treaty, which is at the very foundation of the Franco-German reconciliation, by giving new impetus to the partnership between our two countries and by adapting our cooperation to the challenges of the 21st century, which is itself based on strengthening the European project.
The Treaty of Aachen is an essential instrument for fostering friendship between our two countries and enabling them to participate fully, in cooperation with each of the Member States of the European Union, in the rebuilding of the European project and the construction of a more united and stronger Europe.
This Treaty is signed against the background of a difficult context: that of international tensions, Brexit, the return of nationalist discourse in Europe. It is not simply a symbolic celebration of friendship between Germany and France, but a tool at the service of our two countries who are proactive, voluntary, forward-looking and willing to provide pragmatic solutions to the expectations of our fellow citizens.
Through the Treaty Germany and France can jointly prepare to tackle the upcoming European, foreign, security, social and economic policy challenges. In an unstable international environment, France and Germany recall their commitment to the rule of law and multilateralism, their common responsibility to build a sovereign, united and democratic Europe, a Europe that protects its peoples and defends its interests, their commitment to open international trade, based on rules and the principle of reciprocity.
The Treaty sets the course for the Franco-German relationship and its shared priorities; it lays the foundations for concrete cooperation projects to promote greater convergence between our two countries and rapprochement between our societies.
In particular, it consecrates:
the convergence of our economic and social models, our positions in international and European fora, our regulations in border areas, with a view to greater European integration;
the introduction of a mutual defence clause whereby the two states provide each other with aid and assistance by all means, including armed force, in the event of armed aggression against one of them, with our two countries undertaking, moreover, to work to strengthen international security, on the basis of our commitments within the European Union and NATO;
an agreement between the Bundestag and the Assemblée Nationale, creating a Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly composed of 50 French and 50 German members;
the objective of creating a Franco-German economic zone, promoting the bilateral harmonization of legislation and coordinating the economic policies of the two countries;
intensifying cooperation in the defence industry with joint Franco-German programs;
the creation of Franco-German cultural institutes, a Franco-German digital platform for audiovisual content, a Franco-German "citizen fund" to finance new twinning arrangements and civil society initiatives, and the networking of our artificial intelligence research centers;
the joint development of innovative European solutions in border areas to promote better European integration. To this end, local actors will be given new appropriate competences and can try out new approaches.
This new Treaty creates a strong dynamic to affirm our common destiny, including our common security, and our will to deepen our cooperation on European policy./.
Verdragstekst (in het Frans ):
- Traité de coopération franco-allemand d’Aix-la-Chapelle
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