Siging of Aachen Treaty
3 June 2019

Treaty on Franco-German cooperation and integration

On 3 June 2019, the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs presented a bill authorising ratification of the Aachen Treaty, a treaty on Franco-German friendship and cooperation signed in January 2019.
 
Signed in the city of Aachen (which is known as Aix-la-Chapelle in French) on 22 January by the President of the Republic and Chancellor Angela Merkel, the treaty complements the 1963 Élysée Treaty by setting the framework for a strategy of convergence between the two countries, highlighting their key role at the heart of the European Union.

In this context, the two States mean to reinforce coordination of diplomacy and defence in order to address the current threats to international peace and stability, and, in close collaboration with their European Partners, jointly tackle the challenges of globalisation, including environmental protection and migration. They are also looking to promote development of their exchanges in all areas (economy, science, culture, etc.) and to increase integration in border regions.

The conclusion of this Treaty bears witness to the vitality and strength of the friendship between France and Germany, reasserting that intensification of bilateral cooperation between the two countries stems from their shared determination to work together to strengthen the European Union.

Treaty of Aachen: a new treaty to strengthen Franco-German cooperation and facilitate convergence between the two countries.

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