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Queen Margrethe II, Premier Daniel Günther and wife Anke Günther – Picture by Staatskanzlei Schleswig-Holstein.

10 January 2020, Copenhagen, Kingdom of Denmark: Schleswig-Holstein’s Premier Daniel Günther paid a call on the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen at Christiansborg Castle, the seat of Denmark’s government and parliament. Behind the meeting is the year-long ‘Dano-German Year of Friendship 2020’, and the commemoration of the drawing of borders between the two countries. 

Both sides agreed to stress the importance of cross-border cooperation in the upcoming negotiations on the European Financial Framework. “In concrete terms, we have agreed on a joint ministerial declaration on projects that affect Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein jointly” said Premier Günther as per statement below.

Both governments intend to coordinate the concrete contents of such a declaration with each other. Following talks with the Danish Prime Minister, Günther was received by the Danish monarch, HM Queen Margrethe II at Amalienborg Castle for a private audience.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Premier Daniel Günther – Picture by Staatskanzlei Schleswig-Holstein.

In the evening, the heads of government of Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein, the Speaker of the Danish Parliament Klaus Schlie, Cabinet members of Schleswig-Holstein; Minister of Justice, European Affairs Dr. Sabine Sütterlin-Waack, Minister of Finance, Monika Heinold, Minister of the Interior, Hans-Joachim Grote, State Secretary, Dirk Schrödter and the Commissioner for Minorities, Johannes Callsen partook in a festive gala at the invitation of the Danish Prime Minister in the Royal Theatre. Queen Margrethe II and her sister Princess Benedikte, The Princess Dowager of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg were also in attendance. 

A further meeting was held with the Secretariat of the Association of German North Silesians, whereafter Premier Günther attended the festive religious service held in Copenhagen Cathedral on Sunday, 12 January at 10.00 a.m. 

For further information:
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Chancellery of Schleswig-Holstein:

Dano-German Year of Friendship 2020:

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