Minister Altmaier said: "The Czech Republic and Germany are closely linked neighbours in the European Union. Our economic relations are excellent. I am therefore pleased to welcome the Czech Minister of Trade and Industry here to Berlin today as I am about to present my country's priorities for the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2020. We want to work together to further deepen our economic policy cooperation within the EU and contribute to growth and prosperity in our countries".
Minister Altmaier will undertake a tour of European capitals and travel to many of the EU Member States to present the priorities that the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has defined for Germany's Presidency of the Council of the European Union. He will also hold talks with other foreign Ministers in Berlin and on the fringes of Council meetings in Brussels and Luxembourg. Today's meeting marks the start of these talks.
Economic relations between Germany and the Czech Republic are developing dynamically. Ranking 10th, the Czech Republic is one of Germany's most important trading partners while Germany is the Czech Republic's most important trading partner. Bilateral trade in 2018 totalled nearly 92 billion euros.