The German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth is headed by Federal Minister Franziska Giffey. Around 900 employees currently staff the Ministry. They are distributed across six departments, making for 80 units. The responsibilities of the Ministry include Families, Senior Citizens, Equality, Children and Youth, Civic Engagement Policy and European and International Co-operation. In the area of Children and Youth, the Ministry is working to ensure that all children and young people in Germany enjoy the conditions they need for a safe and healthy childhood.
The Federal Ministry uses its European and international youth policy to enable young people to experience other countries and cultures with the aim of learning about each other and dismantling prejudice. Child and youth welfare practitioners are also able to familiarise themselves with youth-related topics and structures in other countries to get stimuli for their own work.
At the end of 2020, the Federal Ministry hosted the 3rd European Youth Work Convention. It took place when the German EU Council Presidency and the German Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe overlapped. The Federal Ministry took on the task of establishing the European Youth Work Agenda. This strategic framework aims to strengthen and further develop youth work practice and policies in Europe.
If you are interested in the Children and Youth portfolio of the Federal Ministry, you can find more information on its website.
JUGEND für Europa is the National Agency for the EU programmes Erasmus+ Youth in Action and European Solidarity Corps in Germany. It has supported European integration since 1988, particularly by promoting the mobility of young people and experts as well as fostering youth policy co-operation across Europe. In this capacity, the agency is responsible for implementing the EU youth programmes in Germany.
JUGEND für Europa implements and supports projects for child and youth services experts, decision-makers, researchers and young people who are active in this field. It collaborates with a large number of respected national and international partners. The agency is legally attached to IJAB – International Youth Service of the Federal Republic of Germany. It works on behalf of the European Commission and the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.
JUGEND für Europa was the Federal Ministry’s partner in the implementation of the 3rd European Youth Work Convention. It provided support on content creation and event management. In this capacity, the agency also played an important supporting role in establishing a strategic framework for strengthening and further developing youth work practice and policies in Europe – the European Youth Work Agenda.
If you are interested in the work of JUGEND für Europa, you can find more information about its activities on its website.