The trilateral work of the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) is based on the conviction that core questions regarding the future of Europe can only be answered through a dialogue with neighboring countries and that close cooperation leads to stability and prosperity on both sides.

There is a special focus on trilateral projects with countries from the southern and eastern Mediterranean region, especially with the countries of the Maghreb. These projects are intended to create a framework in which young people can develop a Euro-Mediterranean consciousness. In addition to important issues of democracy and human rights, the rule of law, pluralism or civil society engagement, the projects emphasize the exchange of methods, facts and insights, as well as shared intercultural experiences. Participants can then apply this knowledge to measures aimed at strengthening civil society in their countries, as well as in their professional and personal environments, which could help promote long-term democratization processes. Countries of the Mediterranean rim eligible for FGYO-funding are Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Turkey and Tunisia. Priority is given to the Maghreb countries of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.  

Topics

The topics of the meetings should be adapted to the various situations in the respective Mediterranean countries. The projects should deal with issues relevant to foreign policy and aim to strengthen civil society and the participation of young people, to foster respect for fundamental democratic principles and human rights and to promote equal opportunities. Vocational training programs can also support these objectives.

Special fund for Maghreb countries

Focusing on the thematic key areas, which are named in the project call, is essential for a successful 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 filled out by the French or German partner, runs from early September to 1st 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.

The trilateral programmes

Trinational Extracurricular Exchange

At any given moment - Germany

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  • 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

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  • 1.11.2017 - 16.11.2028, Germany (in progress)

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 FGYO funds academically orientated seminars.

Trilateral Student Exchange

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  • 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.