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January 22, 1963 - January 22, 2003

Fortieth anniversary of the Elysee Treaty
On January 22, 1963, the Elysee Treaty set forth the institutional basis for close cooperation between France and Germany for foreign policy, defense, and national security, stipulating regular meetings between the two heads of State and both heads of the government, as well as between the appropriate ministers and the military chiefs-of-staff.
The signatories agreed to strive in their respective countries for instruction of the other's language in schools, for increased exchange between young people, and for scientific collaboration. The Treaty put an end to age-old rivalries and became the keystone of a pattern of cooperation between the two nations.
Two protocols signed by François Mitterrand and Helmut Kohl in 1988 completed the mechanisms of the Treaty by instituting a Franco-German Security and Defense Council, and a Franco-German Economic and Finance Council.

The Elysee Treaty, a common declaration
"General Charles de Gaulle, President of the French Republic, and Dr. Konrad Adenauer, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany,
At the close of the conference which was held in Paris on January 21 and 22, 1963 and which was attended, on the French side, by the Premier, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of the Armed Forces and the Minister of Education and, on the German side, by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Defense and the Minister of Family and Youth Affairs,
Convinced that the reconciliation of the German people and the French people, bringing an end to the age-old rivalries, constitutes a historic event which profoundly transforms the relations of the two peoples,
Conscious of the solidarity which unites the two peoples both with respect to their security and with respect to their economic and cultural development,
Observing particularly that young people have become aware of this solidarity and find themselves called upon to play the determinant role in the consolidation of French-German friendship,
Recognizing that a strengthening of the cooperation between the two countries constitutes a vital stage along the road to a united Europe, which is the goal of the two peoples,
Have agreed to the organization and to the principles of the cooperation between the two States as they are stated in the Treaty signed this day...
The President of the French Republic: Charles de Gaulle
The Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany: Konrad Adenauer
The French Prime Minister: Georges Pompidou
The French Minister of Foreign Affairs: Maurice Couve de Murville
The Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, of the Federal Republic of Germany: Gerhard Schroeder."


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