Christian Herrmann

Agreement signed to establish a German-Greek Youth Office

On 26 July 2017 Federal Youth Minister Dr Katarina Barley and Pafsanias Papageorgiou, the Secretary-General for Lifelong Learning and Youth at the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, met in Berlin to sign an agreement detailing the next steps towards establishing a German-Greek Youth Office in 2019.

Dr Katarina Barley, Federal Youth Minister and Pafsanias Papageorgiou, Secretary-General for Lifelong Learning and Youth at the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs
Dr Katarina Barley, Federal Youth Minister and Pafsanias Papageorgiou, Secretary-General for Lifelong Learning and Youth at the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs BildImage: BMFSFJ

“Germany and Greece are closely connected, so I am delighted that today we have agreed to take this important step towards a closer cooperation on youth policy,” commented Federal Youth Minister Dr Katarina Barley at the ceremony. “I would like to see this Youth Office become just as significant for the youth work community as the German-Polish and German-Franco Youth Offices.”

The German Federal Government has provided financial support for German-Greek youth exchanges since 2016. So far, more than 200 such non-school exchanges have been funded under a special programme. “Individuals who travel to other countries and meet other people extend their horizons. If you take part in an exchange, you learn to see the world from a completely new angle. Today, it is more necessary than ever to encourage young people to develop an enthusiasm for the European ideal and become true Europeans,” said the Minister. The establishment of a German-Greek Youth Office is a major political project for the German Federal Government and is given special mention in the European policy section of the Coalition Agreement.

In addition to building these formal structures, the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) is stepping up its commitment to youth exchanges with Greece by means of various instruments, activities, and the budget earmarked for the new Youth Office.

Source: Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth



Comments ( 2 )

Ralf Barnett

How condescending of the German government. They are screwing the Greeks for Billions of Euros, have taken over the Airports that were making a profit, refused to give Greece any leeway on their debt, have forced such ridiculous austerity measures on the Greeks that they now have depression in the country leading to the deaths through hunger and suicide of their people, not to mention mass migration of the young and educated Greeks. If Germany had done the right thing the youths of Greece could afford to travel on their own money negating this whole charade. And where do they get this close connection thing from? Maybe in the MOU's that are forced down the Greek governments throats every time the next non payable loan is being handed out.

Eggert Hardten

Although such a comfortable argument, Ralf Barnett, your argumentation has flaws. The Athens airport was not built with Hellenic budget means but through a build-operate-transfer and 45 percent of the capital are held by international and local investors. The former airfield, which was used for the Olympic games has now been sold to foreign investors, too. To blame it all on Germany, is taking the blame from the former Greek governments, British bankers and international (also German) private speculants.
Here is, though, a good example how Germany should have actually nurtured and developed its once good relations with the Greek nation and Greek youth. These are interconnected processes, true. But are they not also a sign of having learnt a lecture? And is it not in the interest of the Greek and the German youth? I think, yes.

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