The 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Élysée
France and Germany are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Élysée (on January 22nd, 1963). Several major events have been organized during this Franco-German year. Here in Vancouver, an international symposium involving outstanding German, French and Canadian speakers will take place on the UBC campus on April 9th.
This treaty, signed on January 22nd, 1963, by Général de Gaulle and Bundeskanzler Adenauer sealed an exceptional partnership between France and Germany—two countries who had fought each other bitterly in the course of history.
This treaty is and remains the political, legal, and symbolic basis for exemplary cooperation between two nations, but above all it enabled the development of a genuine and singular friendship between our two peoples and nations.
French and German governments have resolved to hold a “German-French Year: 50 Years of the Élysée Treaty.”
The celebration lasts from September of 2012 to July of 2013 and was chosen to coincide with the school year, since this young generation is at the center of the message we are sending to our countrymen and women on the occasion of this anniversary.
Media hype and crises in Europe aside, German-French relations represent a longstanding success story. These relations are anchored in collective and individual daily life, in the present but even more in the future.
German-French relations are the guiding force for European unity, which is relevant to all of us. A yearly youth exchange of 200,000 adolescents via the DFJW (German-French Youth Works, Deutsche-Französisches Jugend Werk—Office Franco-Allemand Pour La Jeunesse), which has totaled eight million participants since 1963 (and results in just as many personal memories), as well as the creation of jobs through German businesses in France and French businesses in Germany—these are German-French relations.
The friendship between Germany and France matters to everybody!
Several major events of this Franco-German year:
July 8, 2012, the commemoration of the meeting between Charles De Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer in Reims
The 50th anniversary of Général De Gaulle’s speech to German youth (in Ludwigsburg, September 22, 2012)
The 50th anniversary of the signature of the treaty (that will be part of official ceremonies and a series of Franco-German events in Berlin January 22, 2013)
The 50th anniversary of the German-French Youth Works (Deutsche-Französisches Jugend Werk—Office Franco-Allemand Pour La Jeunesse) (in Paris July 2013).
The Consulate General of France, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Vancouver, the Institute of European Studies and the University of British Columbia are pleased to announce a special event in order to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Elysée: an international symposium involving outstanding German, French and Canadian speakers will take place on the UBC campus April 9th.
The friendship between Germany and France must be continually renewed from generation to generation. We can only succeed in preserving it and fostering it when we all commit to the friendship between our two countries. Supporting, promoting, and stimulating this commitment is the goal of the German-French Year 2012/2013. Those of us tasked by our governments with this mutual cooperation and collaboration are excited to be involved:
Vive l’amitié franco-allemande! Es lebe die deutsch-französische Freundschaft! Long live the friendship between Germany and France!