Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier with young people on the 2019 Franco-German Discovery Day

Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier with young people on the 2019 Franco-German Discovery Day

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Minister Altmaier is receiving school students from Rangsdorf and German and French trainees from BASF in the Economic Affairs Ministry today to discuss the importance of Europe and Franco-German cooperation with them.

Minister Altmaier: “The Franco-German Discovery Day is an excellent initiative. It gives young people from Germany and France hands-on experience of how closely the German and French governments work together in day-to-day politics. And they can find out how important the cooperation between the two countries is at commercial level. My work together with my French counterpart, Bruno Le Maire, is focused at present in particular on developing a European industrial strategy and battery cell manufacturing in Europe. We want to safeguard the jobs of the future. At the same time, we also want to foster the professional mobility of young people and to prepare them for an increasingly international working environment. With this in mind, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy funds programmes like ‘Vocational training without borders’ in order to give more apprentices and young skilled workers the chance to benefit from an internship abroad.”

The visit to the Economic Affairs Ministry comes on the Franco-German Discovery Day, a programme of the Franco-German Youth Office. It offers young people from 7th grade and above insights into day-to-day life in French and German companies and institutions. The aim is to whet an interest in the world of work and the language and culture of the neighbouring country.