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Agreement with Germany on a Joint Plan of Action for Enhanced Cooperation

 

Agreement with Germany on a Joint Plan of Action for Enhanced Cooperation


Following their meetings in Dublin in April and in Berlin in August, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., agreed with the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, Heiko Maas, that a joint plan of action for enhanced bilateral and EU Cooperation should be prepared for their approval. The joint plan is being released today (26 November) following the inaugural session of German-Irish consultations in Berlin at the level of State Secretaries and Secretaries General.


The plan sets out the principles of this enhanced cooperation, the platforms which will be used and a number of concrete projects for preliminary action.


Commenting on the joint plan, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade said:

“I very much welcome the inaugural consultations and the Joint Plan of Action which we are now undertaking. This reflects Ireland’s determination to work with our German partners on an increasingly intensified basis as envisaged in the Review* of our bilateral relations that I published in April. Ireland already enjoys a particularly warm and fruitful bilateral relationship with Germany but there is scope to further develop our engagement and to increase our cooperation across a range of areas. In so doing, we have the potential to advance the interests and values that we share as friends and fellow members of the European Union”.

Federal Foreign Minister Maas said:


“The Joint Action Plan which we agreed today shows how close relations are between Ireland and Germany. We do not just want to cooperate more closely at bilateral level – on research and innovation, as well as on finance issues or agricultural policy. We also want together to help to make Europe more able to act and to strengthen the United Nations and the rules based multilateral order as a whole.”

Full text of the Joint Action Plan available here.

PRESS OFFICE

26 November 2018

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