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Franco-German Friendship (1963)

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Law on the Joint Declaration and on the Treaty of January 22, 1963 (June 15, 1963)

- that the treaty between the Federal Republic of Germany and the French Republic of 22nd January 1963 will deepen and shape the reconciliation and friendship of the German people and the French people;

- that this treaty will not affect the rights and responsibilities that arise from the multilateral agreements concluded by the Federal Republic of Germany;

having resolved
- to use the application of this treaty to further the grand goals that the Federal Republic of Germany, in community with other allied states, has aspired to for years and that determine the Federal Republic’s policies,

the maintenance and consolidation of the association of free peoples, especially the close partnership between Europe and the United States of America, the realization of the right to self-determination for the German people, and the reestablishment of German unity,
the collective defense within the framework of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the integration of the armed forces of those states bound together in this alliance,
the unification of Europe on the path started by the creation of the European Communities, including the United Kingdom and other states willing to accede, and the further strengthening of these Communities,
the reduction of trade barriers through negotiations between the European Economic Community, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, as well as other countries within the framework of the “General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade”;

- that a Franco-German co-operation that is guided by these goals will benefit all peoples, serve peace in the world, and thereby simultaneously contribute to the good of the German people and French people,

the Bundestag has passed the following law:

Article 1
The Joint Declaration of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany and the President of the French Republic signed in Paris on 22nd January 1963, and the Treaty signed at the same time between the Federal Republic of Germany and the French Republic on Franco-German co-operation are hereby approved. The Joint Declaration and the Treaty are published below.

Article 2
This law also applies in West Berlin, insofar as the state of Berlin declares the application of this law.

Article 3
(1) This law shall enter into force on the day after its promulgation.
(2) The day on which the Joint Declaration and the Treaty, pursuant to no. 5 of its final provisions, enter into force shall be announced in the Federal Law Gazette [Bundesgesetzblatt].

The constitutional rights of the Bundesrat remain intact. The abovementioned law is herewith promulgated.

Bonn, June 15, 1963

Source of original German text: Bundesgesetzblatt [Federal Law Gazette] 1963, II, pp. 705-10.

Translation: Allison Brown

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