Elysée 63 - 50th years of the Élysée Treaty:
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 06/05/2013 First transmission: 06/05/2013
- extracts from the ceremony recorded on 7th May
Background: to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Elysée Treaty (on 22 January 1963) the European Parliament held a commemorative event that highlighted the impact of the Franco-German relationship.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||EP President Martin SCHULZ welcomes the different ambassadors and guest, (1 shot)
||SOUNDBITE (French): Martin SCHULZ, EP President:
"The chancellery of Bonn earlier on, Berlin of today and the Elysée at Paris represent for me, as I presume as well for the large majority for those who are present here today and for those who work in the European Parliament, the indispensable link and the stable approach for an European integration and unification."
||SOUNDBITE (German): Martin SCHULZ, EP President:
"The understanding for the German-French cooperation, the cooperation between those two Nations is the undisputable basis of the European integration, that what we have here as European Parliament is the corner stone of Europe and would be unthinkable without the French-German peace process. That is one reason, why I think that Strasbourg is chosen as the official seat of the European Parliament, also when we are today in Brussels, Strasbourg stays on to be that symbol."
||SOUNDBITE (French): SE M. Bernard VALERO, Embassador of France in Belgium:
"While we are taking our conclusions about this Treaty, did we follow the approach of getting to know each other better and better and this goes in a logical way via the young people. The creation of the French-German cooperation was a truly remarkable realisation on that itinerary on that French-German friendship all those year long."
||SOUNDBITE (German): SE M. Eckart CUTZ, Ambassador of Germany in Belgium:
"We have to show all over again how important this German-French cooperation is for the construction process of Europe and the whole. We could achieve that on the level of 'important politics', but we could also do it on a much more smaller scale, between the two Embassies, for example, we are trying to work closely together, be present together, I think that we could actually do in several different places."
||cut away shots (3 shots)
||Artistic group 'Die Redner', with 'Elysée 63' (Oliver Strauch, Florian Penner, Claas Willeke and others)