Day of Franco-German Friendship (January 22, 2021)

January 22, 2021 marks the first anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty on Franco-German Cooperation and Integration. The treaty was signed on January 22, 2019 in Aachen by the President of the Republic and the German Chancellor, 56 years to the day, after General de Gaulle and Chancellor Adenauer signed the Treaty of the Elysée Palace - a symbol of the historic reconciliation between France and Germany.

Against the backdrop of the global health crisis that has been affecting Europe since the spring of 2020, France and Germany have continued the concrete implementation of the Aachen Treaty for bilateral and European convergence, to the benefit of the citizens of both our countries. The Franco-German initiative for European recovery from the coronavirus crisis proposed on May 18, 2020 by the President of the Republic and the German Chancellor marked a new historic step in the joint fight against the pandemic and in Franco-German cooperation for Europe. It produced its first results during the German Presidency of the Council of Ministers of the European Union in the second half of 2020.

The Treaty of Aachen deepens Franco-German cooperation in the service of our fellow citizens and European convergence and sets out 15 concrete priority projects, including:

  • a Common Citizen’s Fund to financially support twinning and citizens’ initiatives to bring civil society in the two countries closer together;
  • a "Cross-border cooperation committee" responsible for proposing solutions to the difficulties encountered in border territories;
  • a Franco-German "Forum for the Future" to support dialogue between the actors of our two countries on the transformation processes at work in our societies;
  • Franco-German cultural institutes.

Learn more about the Treaty of Aachen and the progress of the 15 priority projects

Franco-German Parlimentary Assembly

Parallel to the signing of the Treaty of Aachen, a Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly was set up in March 2019. It is made up of 50 French MPs and 50 members of the Bundestag. It meets at least twice a year, alternating between France and Germany. Since 2020, it has held 4 extraordinary videoconferences due to the health crisis: on May 28 in the presence of the 2 Ministers of the Interior, on June 26 in the presence of the 2 Ministers of Finance, on September 21-22 in the presence of the President of the ECB and then the 2 Ministers of Health, and again on January 22, 2021 in the presence of the German Minister of Transport.

Learn more:

Franco-German Relations
The Élysée Treaty

Further Information
The Franco-German Portal

Diplomatic Snapshots
Photos France / Allemagne

Reference Documents
Traité de l’Elysée (22.01.1963)
Traités bilatéraux

Last updated on: 22 January 2021