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6 Mar 2009

62nd session of the Commission permanente de coopération franco-québécoise

Copresidents Christian Masset and Alain Cloutier. Photo : Délégation générale du Québec à Paris

The meetings of the 62nd session of the Commission permanente de coopération franco-québécoise (CPCFQ – France-Québec permanent commission) were held in Paris on March 3 and 4 and co-chaired by Québec’s Deputy Minister of International Relations, Alain Cloutier, and the Director General of Globalization, Development and Partnerships of France’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Christian Masset. The CPCFQ is the main organization that coordinates activities between Québec and French administrations.

The themed workshops of the 62nd session of the CPCFQ were a forum for discussion and proposals on two issues of France-Quebec cooperation: future prospects for France-Québec and Québec-France associations and the Groupe de travail en matière de développement durable et d’environnement (sustainable development and environment working group).

The co-chairs pointed out the progress that has been made since the initial discussions on these subjects and particularly emphasized the importance of continuing sustainable development and environment-related initiatives. A France-Québec sustainable development working group was thus created to explore new areas for cooperation next year. This initiative will allow both parties to deal with a common issue that may be brought by French and Québec authorities to national and international levels.

The CPCFQ embodies the special direct relations enjoyed by the Québec and French governments. The implementation of the CPCFQ program is financed equally by both governments. The Commission alternates its meetings between Québec and France at the end of each two-year period.

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