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5 Apr 2014

German government eager to strengthen ties with Belarusian regions

German government eager to strengthen ties with Belarusian regions

FRANKFURT AN DER ODER, 5 April (BelTA) – The federal German government is eager to strengthen cooperation with Belarusian regions and cities, Gernot Erler, member of the Bundestag and Federal Coordinator for Cooperation with Russia, Central Asia, and the Eastern Partnership Countries, said during the Belarusian-German meeting of twinned cities in Frankfurt an der Oder, BelTA has learnt.

Gernot Erler emphasized that Belarus is situated in the center of Europe and its history is closely connected with the European history. He also noted that for Germany Belarus is a valuable partner. “This meeting is important for Germany. The fact that it gathered so many participants shows that our desire to strengthen German-Belarusian cooperation in economy, construction, housing and utilities, education, and culture is mutual,” the member of the Bundestag said. He also believes that the Germany-Belarus interregional forum in general will improve the relations between the two countries.

The Federal Coordinator is convinced that the presentations of the economic potential of Germany and Belarus organized as part of the meeting will help the parties set up new joint projects. During the Belarusian-German meeting the sides discussed ways to promote economic development and attract investments, to improve energy efficiency in residential construction, to set up new joint housing and utilities projects, and to increase the role of young people in town twinning movement. The meeting also reviewed the Support Program for Belarus of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The Belarusian delegation was headed by Chairman of the Belarusian Sister Cities Public Association Boris Batura. Partaking in the meeting were representatives of over 30 Belarusian and German cities.

The large-scale forum was held after a four-year hiatus by the Belarusian public organization Sister Cities together with German partners - the Frankfurt an der Oder administration, the West-East Meetings fund, the East-West union of federal societies, and the embassy of Belarus in the German Federal Republic. The meeting opened in Berlin on 3 April and continued in Frankfurt an der Oder till 6 April.

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