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Bernard Cazeneuve’s participation in a meeting of the Weimar Triangle (Warsaw, October 1, 2012)

Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister Delegate for European Affairs, will go to Warsaw on October 1 to meet with his Polish and German counterparts, Mr. Piotr Serafin and Mr. Michael Link, within the framework of the regular consultations held in the Weimar Triangle format. Mr. Cazeneuve will also hold bilateral talks with Mr. Serafin and with the members of the Committee for European Union Affairs of the Polish Sejm on the sidelines of this meeting.

The ministers will discuss preparations for the European Council in October, notably the banking union and the negotiations under way on the European Union Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020. They will also discuss the future of the Eastern Partnership and the Common Security and Defense Policy.

During their meeting, Mr. Cazeneuve and Mr. Serafin will discuss bilateral economic issues and in particular French-Polish energy cooperation.

Laurent Fabius’s participation in the Franco-German Defense and Security Council (Müllheim, October 1, 2012)

The French and German foreign affairs and defense ministers will meet on October 1 in Müllheim within the framework of the Franco-German Defense and Security Council (FGDSC).

There will be several topics on the agenda: the security challenges associated with the consequences of the “Arab Spring” and Syria, the situation in the Sahel, notably in Mali, the situation in Afghanistan, as well as the relaunch of the Common Security and Defense Policy and in particular the strengthening of the capacity of the Europeans to take action, which is a government priority.

This meeting will allow France and Germany to signal their shared determination to work together to prepare for the forthcoming major bilateral meetings, notably within the framework of the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, as well as the European strategic meetings, including the 2013 session of the European Council which will be devoted to European defense.

French-German cooperation on defense and security issues is essential in order to make progress toward building a strong Europe that is capable of playing a role in stabilizing areas of strategic importance for European security, such the Horn of Africa, the Balkans and the Sahel.


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