PARIS, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- France and Germany, Europe's main powerhouses, vowed on Wednesday to bridge differences to spur growth and jobs creation in the bloc, pledging a tight cooperation in defense issue to guarantee security inside and outside the single-currency bloc.
After Franco-German Minister Council session held in Paris, both sides expressed their commitment to outline a convergence program in order to "bring closer the essential competitiveness factors while preserving the European social model."
Adding to that, they agreed to draw "a common agenda for competitiveness, growth and employment," and decided to go ahead the implementation of banking union with an expected accord on its mechanisms before the European elections scheduled for May 22 to 25.
In order to reinforce industrial partnership, French and German officials discussed a proposal for an "industrial pact," based "on the mobilization of all relevant policies, including trade and competition."
In a joint statement issued after the meeting, the two sides said both of them would be committed to forge a closer cooperation on climate protection ahead of a global climate conference to be held in France in 2015.
In this context, they targeted to reduce greenhouse emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030 and to set a European framework to promote the use for renewables, which French and German leaders hoped they would absorb 27 percent of their energy consumption over the period.
The meeting's final statement also covered diplomatic policy and security and defense coordination mainly to settle crisis in the African countries where both sides said to reinforce European help to African forces.
Looking to improve the European Security and Defence Policy, Germany and France vowed to enhance "EU actions aimed at strengthening the capacity of partner countries and regional organizations to resolve crisis," by offering trainings and providing necessary equipments "in full compliance with European and international rules on arms exports," the French Foreign Ministry said in a separate statement.
Since 2003, the regular plenary session of Franco-German Ministers is held in spring and autumn in the two countries alternately and co-chaired by the French president and the German chancellor.
The two sides usually use the important mechanism of bilateral consultation to unveil mid-term cooperation plans.