The application phase for the 17th youth summit starts on the Franco-German day
Right on time for the Franco-German day, each year on the 22nd of January remembering the Elysee Treaty signed in 1963, the International Association for Education and Exchange (IBB e.V.) in Dortmund starts the application phase for the 17th your summit as part of the Regional Weimar Triangle. From now on, young Adults aged between 17 and 23 years can apply for one of the sought-after 15 places, and in July 2018, with a little luck, travel to Northern France on invitation of the Government of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
In France, likely in the week of the 15th to 20th of July 2018, they will discuss with 30 of their peers, 15 each from the French Region Hauts-de-France and the Polish region of Silesia. In workshops, during excursions, and in meetings with politicians their agenda is set on Europe: 100 years since the end of World War I, mobility, job markets, and European values are important topics for the future. Which topic they will discuss in 2018 will be decided presently. Already guaranteed are exciting days in the former mining region surrounding Lille.
The shared working language is English. Participation is free of charge, except for travelling to the point of departure in Dortmund.
From now on, interested youths from North Rhine-Westphalia can apply, sending a motivation letter via mail to IBB e.V., Bornstraße 66, 44145 Dortmund or via email to email@example.com. The International Association for Education and Exchange e.V. in Dortmund supervises and accompanies the youths from North Rhine-Westphalia on behalf of the state government. Here you can find further information about previous meetings.
About the youth summits as part of the Regional Weimar Triangle
The Weimar Triangle, from which the youth summit emerged as a valued and sustainable result, was founded in 1991 by the foreign ministers of France, Poland, and Germany, in order to stabilise the European axis. Since 2001, the youth summits as part of the Regional Weimar Triangle are hosted yearly by the three partner regions North Rhine-Westphalia, Silesia, and Hauts-de-France (prior to its fusion with the Picardie region in 2016, this was the Region Nord-Pas de Calais). The encounters create border-spanning contacts between young people from the three former mining regions. This year, France, with the Conseil régional des Hauts-de-France, is hosting the international youth encounter. Already about 700 youths took part in the youth exchange. The state government has their own website on the Regional Weimar Triangle.