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The Federal Government spokesperson, Ulrich Wilhelm, issues the following statement: Chancellor Angela Merkel is travelling to the European Parliament in Strasbourg

The President of the European Council, Chancellor Angela Merkel, will travel to Strasbourg on January 17th, 2007 to present the programme of the German EU Presidency to the European Parliament.

Furthermore the Chancellor will have a working meeting with the Portuguese Prime Minister José Sócrates and the Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša in the framework of the trio presidency arrangements.

Subsequent to the meeting they will present the 18-month programme of the three consecutive presidencies at a joint press conference. The President of the European Parliament will also attend the press conference. (1 pm to 1:45 pm in the European Parliament press room)

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Date: 03.02.2007