The Elysée Treaty, a celebration of the Franco-German friendship
This Treaty aimed to establish a relationship of trust between the former “hereditary enemies”, by setting the foundation for increased cooperation in the fields of international relations, defence and education.
On 22nd January 1963, a Franco-German friendship treaty was signed at the Elysée palace in Paris by the German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and the French President Charles de Gaulle. This Treaty aimed to establish a relationship of trust between the former “hereditary enemies”, by setting the foundation for increased cooperation in the fields of international relations, defence and education.
To structure this cooperation, the Treaty provided for regular meetings and consultations between the Heads of State and government, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and other authorities of the two countries in the fields set by the Treaty. In this respect, Franco-German ministerial councils meet annually, alternately, in each of the two countries and contribute to bringing closer the decision-making process by the two governments.
Today, the Elysée Treaty remains the reference document in the Franco-German cooperation. It has resulted in the creation of several institutions, including the Franco-German Youth Office (Office Franco Allemand de la Jeunesse- Deutsch-Französisches Jugendwerk), the Franco-German Defence and Security Council (CFADS), the Franco-German Economic and Financial Council (CEFFA) and the Franco-German Environment Council (CFAE).
On the occasion of the 53rd anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, the Ambassadors of Germany and France to Uganda, Peter BLOMEYER and Sophie MAKAME, have planned many initiatives to commemorate this founding agreement and underscore the depth of the Franco-German partnership. A photo exhibition on the walls of the Embassy of France in Kampla will highlight some milestones.