|Tuesday, 5 October 2021, Neureichenau, Free State of Bavaria: Upon her invitation, Bavaria’s Minister of State for European and International Affairs, Melanie Huml, encountered the Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulháne and Karoline Edtstadler, Austria’s Federal Minister for the EU and Constitutional Affairs, for a personal exchange at Berggasthof Dreisessel in Neureichenau. |
The main topic was cross-border cooperation. They all emphasised that the regular and institutionalised coordination amongst the ministries in Munich, Prague and Vienna had proven to be an important instrument during the Corona pandemic.
At the political exchange amongst the three countries on the Dreisesselberg, representatives of the border regions also had the opportunity to report on their experiences and put forward their suggestions for future cooperation. With the regional representatives, the two ministers and their Czech colleague agreed on a joint conference of the emergency services, a municipal conference of the three countries as a regional exchange forum and networking meeting, and a joint cultural event in the border region. In addition, youth exchange is to be intensified, for example in the form of a joint youth camp.
Furthermore, it was agreed that in the future, higher-level European issues on the future of Europe or a Green Deal should be discussed more intensively in the border regions. To the latter end, this three-country meeting is to be continued. Increased cooperation on scientific topics is also absolutely conceivable, said Huml. “Here in this border region in the border triangle, we are particularly dependent on our close cooperation between Prague, Vienna and Munich due to the spatial proximity and the close cross-border ties, especially of commuters or family relations,” said the Bavarian Minister for European Affairs.
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