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Origins of the Weimar Triangle
The Weimar Triangle format was initiated by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Poland Krzysztof Skubiszewski , France (Roland Dumas) and Germany (Hans-Dietrich Genscher) in Weimar on 28 August 1991. The initially informal meetings have with time turned into regular tripartite consultations. They were aimed at tightening collaboration between these three countries and overcoming the division of Europe as well as introducing the young democracies of Central Eastern Europe, above all Poland, to the community of the European states.
Once Poland joined NATO and the EU, the goal was achieved, and the objectives of the Weimar collaboration had to be redefined. In the expanded EU, the Weimar Triangle serves as a forum for consultations and developing common positions on key European policy issues.
The Weimar collaboration covers not only political contacts but also social ones. This includes youth exchange and cooperation, partnership cooperation between cities and regions as well as cultural cooperation.
Areas of cooperation within the Weimar Triangle
Meetings at the level of heads of state and government remain important. Eight meetings within the Weimar Triangle have been held to date, attended by the Presidents of Poland and France and the Chancellor of Germany, with the most recent one taking place on 7 February 2011 in Warsaw. The Ministers of Foreign Affairs meet regularly (most recently on 29 February 2012 in Berlin), as do the Ministers of European Affairs (most recently on 1 October 2012 in Warsaw). Parliamentary cooperation also plays a vital role in strengthening Weimar collaboration.
The Weimar Triangle provides a convenient framework for further dynamic development of interregional cooperation. At present there some 2,000 German-French and around 650 German-Polish partnerships between cities. This creates considerable opportunities for closer contacts. There are 11 partnerships within tripartite cooperation. Regional cooperation – in the framework of the so called “small Weimar Triangles” – is more advanced in this area.
Cultural cooperation, at the core of which
Adam Mickiewicz Award
An important element of Weimar cooperation is the Adam Mickiewicz Award, presented since 2006 by the Committee for the Support of German-French-Polish Cooperation and the City of Weimar in recognition of measures fostering reconciliation and cooperation in Europe.
In 2012, the prize was awarded to Professor Michał Kleiber, Professor Jack Lang and Professor Rita Suessmuth.See more