Dates and key statistics
The Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) is an organisation which serves to
foster Franco-German co-operation.
1. Some background
By signing the Elysée Treaty on 22 January 1963, General De Gaulle,
President of the French Republic, and Konrad Adenauer, Federal Chancellor, laid
the foundations of the Franco-German Youth Office. The Intergovernmental
Agreement of 5 July 1963 implemented provisions made under this Treaty of
Franco-German co-operation by creating a body known as the ''Franco-German
Youth Office'', to foster relations between French and German young people.
Article 2 (1) of the initial Agreement stipulates that '' The aim of the Office
is to tighten the bonds between young
people in both countries, to strengthen their mutual understanding and, to this
effect, to provoke, encourage and, where necessary, to set up encounters and exchanges between young people''.
The FGYO is an autonomous international organisation, led by a Board of
Governers, presided over by Valérie
Fourneyron, the French Minister of
Sports, Youth, Further Education and Active Solidarity, and Kristina Schöder, the Federal Minister for
Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth in Germany.
The executive functions of the Board are carried out by the General
Secretariat, led by Béatrice Angrand, appointed in 2009, and Markus Ingenlath,
who took up his post in January 2012.
The Board of Governers is assisted by a Steering Committee whose mission is
to offer advice and make recommendations on the general directions to be
followed and on the programmes to be developed by the FGYO.
The FGYO’s staff of 70 work in binational teams in two locations, in Paris,
where the head office is currently situated, and Berlin.
3. Some statistics
The FGYO’s budget for 2012 is 20.8 million euros, made up of equal
contributions from the French and German governments. In addition to this is
the special funding provided mainly by
the two Ministries for Foreign Affairs to support exchanges with countries in
Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. The European Social Fund (ESF) also
funds programmes for the young unemployed.
Since 1963, the FGYO has enabled more than 8 million young people from
France and Germany to take part in 300.000 exchange programmes. It grant aids
on average 9.000 exchanges each year (more than 5.000 group exchanges and
about 4.000 individual exchange programmes) in which 195.000 young people
4. Fields of activity
The FGYO works on the principle of subsidiarity with several partner
organisations in order to achieve the following objectives:
- to strengthen links between children, young people, young adults and youth
leaders in both countries
- to contribute to the discovery of each other's culture
- to encourage intercultural learning
- to promote measures leading to vocational qualifications
- to develop joint projects promoting active citizenship
- to encourage an awareness of the special role of France and Germany in
- to promote an increased interest in each other's language and to strengthen
The FGYO is a skills' centre for both governments. It acts as an adviser
and intermediary for local and regional authorities, as well as for civil
society in France and Germany.
The FGYO provides partner organisations with financial, educational and
linguistic support in carrying out
exchanges. It helps with the
preparation and evaluation of meetings, carrying out thereby an essential role
of counsellor. The FGYO takes account of changes in French and German society
and how these effect the lives of young people (social integration,
commitment, Europe's future, cultural
activities, science and technology etc) .
Young people in vocational training, young job seekers and those in
employment: 1.814 exchanges a year bring together more than 14.580 participants:
vocational training establishments, trade schools, agricultural colleges;
vocational training programmes for young unemployed and training to introduce
young people into a work environment; continuous training for young people from
various trade sectors. 666 grants have been made for initial training courses
and the programme '' Work in the partner country'' involved 96
participants. The object of these projects
is to provide an experience of mobility which represents a plus in the
vocational path followed by the young people concerned.
University exchanges: 146 bi-national seminars and workshops. 598
grants for work placements in firms, for Franco-German projects, for study
courses in art schools or in music conservatoires.
School exchanges: 2.672 programmes with 61.000 pupils from secondary and 1.808 pupils of primary education.
Out-of-school exchanges: 1.080 programmes, with 18.963 participants, proposed
by youth organsations, twinning
committees, sports associations and federations, cultural associations and
programmes of a scientific or technical nature. 53 young people receive a
grant each year in the framework of the ''Destination Germany/ Destination
Learning the language of the partner: 85 out-of-school-courses
for young people and adults and 350 courses for children, 185 grants
for language courses and 57 progammes to learn the tandem method.
Teaching intercultural learning: 133 bi- and tri-national training programmes. 97 primary school teachers have participated in
exchange programmes. Teaching and applied research materials have been
Innovative programmes and communication: theme-based meetings,
organisation of special occasions and events, relations with the media,
information for young people and multipliers, public relations. THE FGYO
took part in 28 events, fairs and expositions, 19 of which took part in
Germany and 9 in France.
FGYO programmes with third countries: more than 300 trinational encounters with 6.000 young people from France and Germany and young people from 76 third
countries, particularly with countries in Central and East Europe, countries in
South-East Europe and countries around the Mediterranean.
referred to are from 2011