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Friday, 9 May 2003

Weimar Triangle Summit Meeting

Joint declaration adopted by Presidents of the Republic of Poland and the Republic of France and the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany During the Weimar Triangle Summit On May 9, 2003, the Polish and French Presidents and the German Chancellor met at a summit of the Weimar Triangle group in Wrocław at the invitation of Polish President Aleksander Kwaśniewski. At the summit, which coincided with Europe Day, President Chirac and Chancellor Schroeder wished to pay tribute to Poland, the Polish authorities, and the Polish people for their commitment on the road toward the Union, to offer reassurance that Poland’s return to the European family was welcome after all the past adversities, and to emphasize their confidence in the choice to be exercised by the Polish people on June 7-8 during a referendum on the ratification of the Accession Treaty. The two Presidents and the German Chancellor confirmed the significance of the Weimar Triangle, which will continue to serve the purpose of “further strengthening the ties of cooperation between the three nations and states at all levels and in all areas”. As a framework of dialog and cooperation between the three partners, the Weimar Triangle may initiate and propose ideas for the benefit of an enlarged Union. From this perspective, France and Germany decided to invite Poland to join in discussions on the development of common policies, in particular the common agricultural policy, the economic and social cohesion policy, and the transport policy. Chirac, Kwaśniewski, and Schroeder agreed that they would step up measures aimed at reaching agreement on the development of European foreign and defense policies by engagement in regular trilateral consultations. The consultations are to be aimed at accelerating the development of civilian and military capabilities within ESDP and strengthening the strategic partnership between the European Union and NATO. In this context, President Jacques Chirac and Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder presented to President Aleksander Kwaśniewski the proposals put forward at the meeting of the heads of state and government in Brussels on April 29, 2003. The proposals are to serve the purpose of continuing discussions among all the present and future member states of the European Union. The three leaders also decided to develop close cooperation in reforming European institutions in the framework of the Convention, in particular with respect to institutional architecture and common foreign and security policy. These joint efforts should be continued and intensified in the framework of the Intergovernmental Conference. The Presidents and the Chancellor had in-depth discussions on the prospects of strengthening partnership with Russia and other “new neighbors” of the enlarged Union, especially with Ukraine, and agreed to continue similar discussions in the future. They expressed satisfaction with the close dialog established with the birth of the Weimar Triangle between the Foreign Ministers and the Defense Ministers, positive pace of consultations between the Finance Ministers, and plans for the first meeting between the Ministers of Labor and Social Affairs. The three leaders supported the idea of the Weimar Triangle to extend its coverage to include such areas as transport or internal affairs. They also supported the strengthening of the Weimar Triangle mandate in the civil society by intensifying decentralized cooperation between local governments of the three countries and exchange of youth and students. In this context, they agreed that their governments would consider the possibility of trilateral cooperation, especially at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). Finally, they called for wider dialog between the parliamentarians of the three countries.
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