EU enlargement since 2004 of 10 new Member States, including the Baltic States, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary and the accession of Bulgaria and Romania in 2007, as well as Croatia 2013, were historical moments for the coming together of European countries and peoples. The trilateral exchange programs of the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) have contributed to this cultural tightening of relations through youth meetings and have supported European cohesion through programs in Central and Eastern Europe. The subsidized trilateral encounters are aimed at young people who are committed to civil society and who want to make a difference in their home countries, as well as across Europe. Common values of the EU, such as tolerance, solidarity and equal opportunities, should be brought to the forefront of the younger generations’ attention, who will continue to appreciate and uphold them in the future.

Topics

The trilateral meetings with partners from Central and Eastern Europe, like the bilateral programs are intended to contribute to a better understanding of other cultures, as well as participants’ own. The FGYO’s programs are adapted to the various situations in the respective Central and Eastern European countries. Trilateral youth meetings should also be project-based and in line the FGYO’s directives. (Socio-)political issues are the focus behind the trilateral programs.

Each year, in consultation with the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangères), four thematic key areas particularly relevant for the CEE-Special Fund (see below) are set out:

  • strengthening democracy and human rights,
  • development of civil society,
  • vocational training programs, career advancement and mobility,
  • past and future of the CEE countries in Europe.

A detailed description of the topics can be found here in french and german. Examples of the exact implementation of the topics can be found in the list of 2018 programs, as well as in the CCE annual reports.

Application procedure

For projects with Central and Eastern European countries, you can apply directly via the FGYO or via the CEE-Special Fund. For detailed information on the differences between the two types of financing, see the overview of trilateral programs

The CEE-Special Fund

Focusing on the thematic key areas is essential for an application for the special fund. The selected youth exchange programs are characterized by their pioneering nature and are innovative projects with a strong emphasis on current affairs and topics concerning foreign policy.

The period for the application via the online form (to be filed out by the French or German partner) runs from early September to 3rd November of each year for projects in the following year. Please follow all indicated steps.

Application for FGYO-funding

Applications for FGYO-funding for trilateral projects should be sent with the completed application form directly to the relevant department at the FGYO, depending on whether it is a school exchange, an extracurricularprofessional or university exchange or a project in further education.

Please note that special rules apply for applications with participants from Germany, France and Poland, as these are supported by the FGYO, as well as by the German-Polish Youth Office (DPFW/PNWM).

The trilateral programmes

Trinational Extracurricular Exchange

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  • 1.11.2017 - 1.11.2018, France (past)
  • 1.11.2017 - 1.11.2018, Germany (past)

Would you like to organize an extracurricular exchange with partners from France and Germany? Work with German and French associations and help young people become familiar with foreign languages and intercultural cooperation!

Organize trilateral university seminars

at all times - France

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  • 1.11.2017 - 1.11.2018, Germany (past)

Are you teaching at a faculty in Eastern or Southern Europe or the Mditerreanean and interested in organizing a university exchange program or project with your partners in France and Germany? The Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) funds academically

Trilateral Student Exchange

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  • 1.9.2018 - 1.9.2019, France (in progress)

Would you like to organize a school exchange with partners from France and Germany? The Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) has the right support for your project.

Trinational Vocational Exchanges

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  • 1.11.2018 - 1.11.2019, France (in progress)

Are you a teacher in a vocational training institution looking to organize a trilateral exchange with your counterparts in Germany and France? The Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) guides you through the planning stages of your project and offers gra