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.  


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 projects with countries in the Transformation partnership

As part of the Transformation partnership, the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) and the FGYO promote trilateral projects between the partner countries Germany and France and Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt or Lebanon. All other countries of the Mediterranean rim can apply for the classic FGYO-funding.

Since the Auswärtiges Amt provides the funds for the participants from Germany and the third country and the FGYO bears the costs for participants from France as well as the meeting phase in France, we must ask that the first meeting phase be held in Germany or in the third country.

The application period for this special fund is in the second half of the year. 

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

  • 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 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

  • 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.

Trinational Vocational Exchanges

At any given moment - Germany

  • 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 FGYO guides you through the planning stages and offers grants to subsidize your exchange.