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Bavaria-Quebec Cooperation

Background of the partnership

In 1989, after a few years of bilateral relations, Bavaria's Minister-President Max Streibl and Quebec's Premier Robert Bourassa signed a cooperation agreement in Munich, thusWappen Quebec2 officializing the framework of the existing relationship. This agreement aimed at promoting commercial, scientific, technological and cultural exchanges between the two regions.

The partnership developed in a very dynamic manner and to date, over 600 successful projects have been carried out. The success of Bavaria-Quebec relations is mainly due to a common political will, as well as to the friendship and trust that developed over the years of working together.

Many similarities

The fact that two regions, separated by 6,000 km, decided to work together so closely is due to many similarities:

  • Bavaria is the largest German Land – and Quebec is the largest Canadian province
  • Bavaria and Quebec are both in second place within their federation, when considering their population and economies
  • both regions see a particular importance in defending their own culture and identity, which are fundamental to their respective political identities
  • Bavaria and Quebec share a relatively recent Catholic and rural past
  • both regions took advantage of their economic structures, which favour the growth of small and medium-size companies, in order to turn into high-tech centres
  • both regions see a particular importance in the development of renewable energies – solar and wind in Bavaria, hydroelectric in Quebec
  • Bavaria’s population and culture, just as Quebec’s, are renowned for their warmth and friendliness

Cooperation projects are decided upon once every two years, at bilateral meetings held alternatively in each region. Each government supports common initiatives with financial and logistical means, respecting the principle of reciprocity.

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