Since the eastward enlargement of the EU, many partnerships with Eastern neighbors have been established and strengthened. Exchanges with these countries are fundamental to an European foreign policy based on cooperation and solidarity. In view of the new challenges facing the EU and the increasing influence of Russia in the former Soviet region, the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) was asked by the foreign ministries of Germany and France to strengthen its exchange programs with Moldova and Georgia. The aim of these measures is to strengthen civil society and to support democratic and pro-European movements of young people, as well as a peaceful dialogue.

Countries eligible for FGYO funding of trilateral projects are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Russia and the Ukraine as a priority partner country. 


Adapted to the different situations in the countries of the Eastern Partnership, these measures are intended to:

  • strengthen pluralism,
  • foster European values and impart values through civil society dialogue and cultural policy measures,
  • provide a perspective for young people through a range of academic, vocational and socio-political education and training,
  • promote dialogue and understanding. 

Special fund for projects with Eastern Partnership countries and Russia

The German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) provides the FGYO with additional funding to promote trilateral projects with countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia.

The application period for this special fund is in the second half of the year. For the application documents, please contact

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.

Trinational Extracurricular Exchange

At any given moment - Germany

  • 1.11.2017 - 11.11.2027, France (in progress)

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

  • 1.11.2017 - 16.11.2028, Germany (in progress)

Are you teaching at a university and interested in organizing a university exchange program or project with your partners in France and Germany? The FGYO funds academically orientated seminars.

Trilateral Student Exchange

  • 1.9.2018 - 30.9.2027, 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.