VII TRILATERAL YOUTH FORUM
THE GERMAN-POLISH-RUSSIAN TRIALOGUE
AUGUST 31- SEPTEMBER 6, 2019
The Trilateral Youth Forum initially grew out of a German-Russian context with the goal to broaden the bilateral format into a trialogue in order to include Poland as the European Union’s largest country in Eastern Europe. Trilateral cooperation had already existed in the field of academia (Frankfurt/ Oder, Torun, Kaliningrad) and in diplomacy.
With the aim of adding the perspective of active young people to the new trialogue, DRJUG e.V. (the Alumni Association of the German-Russian Youth Parliament), the Student Parliament of the Republic of Poland, the University of Warsaw Students’ Union and the Russian-Polish Youth Council teamed up in 2013 to organize the first Trilateral Youth Forum in Warsaw.
The Forum was then successfully held in Munich in 2014, in Moscow in 2015, in Wroclaw in 2016 and followed by the forum close to Potsdam, in Bad Freienwalde, in October 2017. Bad Freienwalde was a symbolic location to the idea of the forum: located right on the German-Polish border, the city of Bad Freienwalde has a great history and is home to many notable people. Bad Freienwalde is associated with the famous Foreign Minister of Germany Walther Rathenau.
The Forum in Kazan, in September 2018, showed an increase in our possibilities for cooperation with various structures in Russia. We managed to gather promising young people from three countries, invite experts from three countries, and most importantly, get great feedback from participants.
Continuing interest in our project and positive feedback spur our motivation to continue work on this area and hold the next forum in the Polish city of Gdansk in August-September 2019.