Joint Franco-German initiative at the IGC on enhanced cooperation (17 October 1996)

On 17 October 1996, as part of the work of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) for the revision of the Treaty on European Union, Hervé de Charette, French Minister for Foreign Affairs, and his German counterpart, Klaus Kinkel, send a joint letter to Dick Spring, Irish Prime Minister and President-in-Office of the Council of Ministers of the EU, in which they advocate the principle of enhanced cooperation in order to allow Member States who so wish, and who have the capacity to do so, to progress more quickly than others on the road to the deepening of European integration, in particular with a view to the enlargement of the EU.

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Source: Lettre conjointe du ministre des Affaires étrangères, M. Hervé de Charette, et du ministre allemand des Affaires étrangères, M. Klaus Kinkel adressée au président du Conseil des ministres de l'UE, M. Dick Spring et Annexe. (17 octobre 1996). [EN LIGNE]. [Paris]: Ministère des Affaires étrangères de la République française, [02.03.2005]. Disponible sur

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