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Trilateral cooperation initiatives

Trilateral cooperation initiatives

Poland’s accession to the European Union: the Weimar Triangle contributed extensively to Poland’s preparations for joining the European Union, in particular through many Franco-German “twinnings” in the areas of agriculture, the environment, transport and domestic matters. Since Poland became a member of the EU on 1 May 2004, the Weimar Triangle has refocused its attention on Europe. The three countries have established a close cooperation with regard to the major European issues, in particular in terms of economic and financial questions concerning the future of the EU and the development of its ties with the Ukraine.

Cultural and educational cooperation: on 6 January 1999, the foreign affairs ministers stressed the role the Weimar Triangle should play regarding memory and strengthening of European cultural identity. Thanks to the OFAJ (Franco-German Youth Office), 600 young Poles are received each year in France and Germany. Scientific (research in the sectors of medicine, biology and the environmental sciences) and university (Franco-Germany University, Viadrina) cooperation is being stimulated to grow.

Audiovisual cooperation: entered into in 1996 between Polish public television and ARTE, audiovisual cooperation was reinforced in 2001 by the signing of a partnership agreement between these channels.

Research cooperation brings together laboratories of the universities and institutes of the three countries to work on high-technology projects (blue laser, genetic engineering). The creation of a third trilateral research group on nanomaterials is being considered.

Military cooperation: this is producing joint military manoeuvres, meetings of experts and the annual organization of a politico-military seminar. After Poland joined NATO, the tripartite meeting of 17-18 February 2003 led to continued cooperation in ESDP as well as in technical matters (manoeuvres) and strategic dialogue.

Decentralized cooperation has grown since the Regional Forum held on 7 June 2000 in Krakow, in parallel with the meeting of foreign affairs ministers. Accordingly, partnerships have been established between the regions of Nord-Pas-de-Calais / North Rhine-Westphalia / Silesia (exchanges of trainees, energy, restructuring of mines and obsolete industrial zones) and Limousin, Franconia and the town of Gdansk. The mayors of Paris, Berlin and Warsaw met on 22 April 2004 in the Polish capital to discuss town planning, social policy and urban culture. Trilateral conferences on decentralized cooperation are being planned for September 2006 in Krakow.

Updated on 21/03/06



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