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Weimar Triangle

Cooperation within the Weimar Triangle involves many important areas, also involving the societies of Poland, France, and Germany.

It has a strong basis for action and a great potential for further development, especially at a moment when the future of the European Union is under discussion.

The Weimar Triangle was set up in Weimar in August 1991 by the then foreign ministers of Poland, France, and Germany. Its aim was to overcome the divisions in Europe by integrating Poland into European and Euro-Atlantic structures. This objective was achieved through Poland's accession to NATO and, later on, to the EU.

Today, the Weimar Triangle is a format for consultations and agreeing common positions on important European policy issues. This purpose is furthered by political discussions at various levels of government. Over the subsequent years, the Weimar cooperation was extended to include contacts between Polish, French, and German parliamentarians.

But the Weimar cooperation is not only about political but also social contacts — youth exchanges, contacts between cities and regions, cultural cooperation. Meetings of young people from Poland, France, and Germany are held as part of the Polish-German Youth Office. The existing Polish-German and Polish-French partnerships are a suitable framework for interregional cooperation, while tripartite contacts between the regions are known as "small Weimar Triangles." A good case in point is the collaboration between Silesia province, French Nord Pas-de-Calais region, and Germany's North Rhine-Westphalia state. In addition, a number of tripartite cultural projects are organised. The Adam Mickiewicz Prize, awarded for advancing reconciliation and cooperation in Europe, is an important element of the Weimar cooperation.

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Last updated on:
28.12.2018 15:40 Bartosz Kempiński
First published on:
28.12.2018 15:40 Bartosz Kempiński