Germany – Joint statement of ministers responsible for European affairs of the Weimar Triangle – Eberbach Abbey, 16.09.22

Faced with the major challenges that we must face, we, the Ministers of European Affairs of France, Germany and Poland, reaffirm our common commitment to assume our responsibilities, to promote responses to the concerns of our fellow citizens, to strengthen the resilience of the country. European Union (EU) and to secure our common European future based on the common founding values ​​of the EU.

Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine is a brutal attack on peace and security in Europe, on our European model based on freedom, democracy and an order based on the rule of law . The firm and united reaction of the European Union and its member states, with the condemnation of the war, the reception of refugees, the adoption of restrictive measures against Russia and the support provided to Ukraine in particularly in the form of substantial military aid, has been and remains essential. It is vital to continue on this path because European aid is essential to allow Ukraine to continue to defend its sovereignty and European values. We recognize that supporting the Ukrainian forces in the long term requires going beyond the supply of equipment, in particular by creating a dedicated European training and assistance mission, in the EU, for the benefit of the Ukrainian forces, to also ensure maintenance and repair of military equipment.

France, Germany and Poland also reaffirmed their support for the legal proceedings brought by Ukraine against the Russian Federation, in particular by intervening in the proceedings brought by Ukraine before the International Court of Justice under of the 1948 Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of Ukraine. crime of genocide, which seeks to establish that Russia relies on no legal basis in its military action against Ukraine carried out under the false pretext of allegations of genocide. In addition, Russia is using hunger as a weapon and is holding the entire world hostage with the food crisis it caused and worsened. We strongly support the EU initiative to create “Solidarity Corridors” allowing the export of Ukrainian cereals and other products and we welcome the specific commitment of all EU Member States close to Ukraine in this regard . France, Germany and Poland reaffirm that they stand firmly by the side of Ukraine and that they will continue to provide resolute support to the economic, military, social and general financial resilience of this country. The European Union’s Civil Protection Mechanism has proven to be an important tool for aid coordination and joint action across its borders. We are determined to maintain our humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine. Since Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine constitutes a fundamental turning point in EU-Russia relations, we must redefine the key guiding principles of the European Union’s policy towards Russia. We also advocate a strategic approach involving our international partners to ensure the reconstruction of Ukraine in a concerted and sustainable manner. We welcome the agreement reached by EU Finance Ministers to provide an additional EUR 5 billion macro-financial assistance package, which clearly demonstrates the EU’s continued commitment to supporting Ukraine’s resilience, and we call for a further intensification of our action to quickly. reach an agreement on the commitment budget of the European Council, which amounts to 9 billion euros.

In addition, our countries are convinced that we must join our efforts to allow the European Union to defend our fundamental values ​​and guarantee our stability in the face of attacks from the outside. Referring to the conclusions of the European Council of 23 and 24 June 2022, which recognized the European perspective of Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia and decided to grant the status of a candidate country to Ukraine and to the Republic of Moldova, France, Germany. and Poland jointly declare that the enlargement of the European Union is an important element in this respect. We therefore discussed ways to support these countries on the reform path that allows them to meet the Copenhagen criteria. We also agreed on the need to continue to reflect on internal reforms and compromise solutions to guarantee the ability of the European Union to maintain and accelerate its own development. In this context, we consider it appropriate to follow and discuss the final proposals of the Conference on the Future of Europe. France, Germany and Poland attach great importance to the integrity of national and European elections and to improving resilience against disinformation and foreign interference. This is why we support the Commission’s proposal for a transparency regulation aimed at political advertising. We also support the creation of a coherent electoral law for the next European elections in 2024.

We reaffirm our total and unequivocal attachment to the perspective of the accession to the European Union of the six countries of the Western Balkans. France, Germany and Poland welcome the progress made in the accession process of Albania and North Macedonia. We are ready to support the reform processes in the region, where it is important to make progress especially in the areas of the rule of law and the fight against corruption, as well as in the reconciliation and settlement of bilateral and regional disputes. remain We are concerned about the political crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina and call on all parties to ensure free and fair elections on October 2, 2022. We fully support the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia under the auspices of the EU and emphasize the need for a comprehensive agreement that allows Kosovo and Serbia to advance on their respective European paths and contribute to the stability of the region. We call progress in visa liberalization in Kosovo. Our countries are firmly committed to the Berlin process as an additional means to encourage regional cooperation and the accession of the Western Balkan countries to the EU; We underline the importance of implementing the historic decision of the six Western Balkan countries to create a regional common market. In view of the importance we attach to this region, and to demonstrate our common support, we have decided to make a trilateral visit to the region and call for the continued strengthening of ties between the EU and the Western Balkans.

France, Germany and Poland agree that promoting a wider area of ​​stability and economic prosperity and building resilience in Europe are priorities for the EU. Therefore, we welcome the objective of fostering political dialogue and cooperation within the framework of a European Political Community that provides a broader platform for European countries to respond to issues of common interest on the European continent. 2022.

While we reaffirm that this framework does not replace the EU enlargement process or existing institutions, alliances and platforms in Europe, we look forward to continuing this strategic discussion with our European partners and holding a first meeting on 6 October 2022 in Prague.

Russia’s war of aggression and its use of energy as a geopolitical weapon, including stopping or drastically reducing gas supplies to some Member States, has raised concerns across the EU for a possible shortage of gas accompanied by a sharp increase in energy prices. We are convinced that it is increasingly urgent to ensure the security of supply of our countries, the accessibility of energy for citizens and the economy and the climate and energy transition in accordance with Paris.

France, Germany and Poland agree that we must join our efforts, including to counter Russian disinformation about the origin of the crisis, and ask for the adoption of a concerted approach based on the spirit of European solidarity and aimed at find an effective solution to this. major and immediate problem facing our economies and societies.

We, the Ministers responsible for European Affairs of France, Germany and Poland, hope that the Weimar triangle, created to strengthen the ties between our peoples and our countries in all aspects of life and promote sustainable common structures in Europe, a driving force. to develop answers to the problems that Europe is currently facing inside and outside its borders.

We will therefore continue to consult closely at the political level and look forward to the next meeting. We will try to intensify the cooperation between our civil societies, especially between the young people of our three countries, and exchanges between young diplomats, cultural projects and European projects related to the work of remembrance and reconciliation. We are committed to supporting decentralized cooperation and welcome the fact that cooperation between our cities and communities under the Weimar format has gained new momentum with the arrival of Ukrainian refugees. We encourage Weimar-style meetings that bring together Ukrainian youth and refugees organized in our territories to discuss European issues such as Ukraine’s accession to the EU.

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