The exchange with the South-Eastern European countries is an important part of European integration at an economic, social and cultural level. The trilateral exchange programs of the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) contribute to the cultural tightening of relations through youth meetings and support European cohesion through programs in South-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. The FGYO supports projects with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia and Serbia.

Training Standards

Download the brochure on the issue of FGYO certificates for basic training courses for intercultural youth leaders in Englisch and Serbian.


The trilateral meetings with partners from South-Eastern Europe, like the bilateral programs are intended to contribute to a better understanding of other cultures, as well as the participants’ own. The FGYO’s programs are adapted to the various situations in the respective South-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), several thematic key areas particularly relevant for the SEE-Special Fund (see below) are set out, usually covering the following topics:

  • strengthening of democracy and human rights,
  • development of civil society,
  • vocational training programs, career advancement and mobility,
  • protection of the environment and climate,
  • past and future of the SEE countries in Europe

The thematic key areas for the current year can be found in the call for applications.

Multilateral exchange programs, such as Franco-German-Kosovan-Serbian cooperation, should be particularly strengthened to support the countries of the Balkans in their reconciliation process. In this way, we can promote the setting up of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office, as well as the broadening of the skills set of future staff in this structure.

Application procedure

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

The SEE-Special Fund

Focusing on the thematic key areas 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. You can find here the application text for the SEE-Special Fund 2023.

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 extracurricular, professional or university exchange or a project in further education.

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Trinational Extracurricular Exchange

At any given moment - Germany

  • 1.11.2017 - 11.11.2027, France (in progress)

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Organize trilateral university seminars

At all times - France

  • 1.11.2017 - 16.11.2028, Germany (in progress)

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Trilateral Student Exchange

  • 1.9.2018 - 30.9.2027, France (in progress)

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