Tasks of the Coordinator of German-Russian Intersocietal Cooperation
The post of Coordinator of German-Russian Intersocietal Cooperation in the Federal Foreign Office was created in 2003 to underline the importance of contacts between people in the two countries. Andreas Schockenhoff has held this office since March 2006.
His mission is to foster good and durable relations between people in Russia and Germany. By strengthening civil society, the Coordinator also seeks to promote the development of democracy and the rule of law, thus helping to ensure that Russia becomes a partner of shared values in the long term. The civic engagement of people in Russia and Germany is broad-based and constantly growing. There are for example more than 90 active city twinning arrangements and school and youth exchange is constantly expanding.
Focuses: NGOs, youth exchange, city twinnings and education
The Coordinator’s work focuses inter alia on NGOs, youth exchange, city twinning arrangements and education, especially language learning.
- NGOs: The work of NGOs in Russia deserves special attention. During his trips to Russia, the Coordinator regularly meets representatives of NGOs and fosters closer links with German organizations.
- Youth exchange: The German and Russian Governments have agreed to strengthen youth exchange. Contacts among young people play a key role in fostering mutually enriching understanding – as the Coordinator likes to bring up in talks with representatives from the world of politics and civil society.
- City twinnings: The growing links between our societies have also led to a steady increase in the number of city twinning arrangements. Citizens in Russia and Germany meet to exchange experiences, thus contributing in many different ways towards better understanding between their societies. The Coordinator takes a great interest in these twinnings and actively supports them.
- Education: Knowledge of the Russian language can be a bridge between our societies and, at the same time, facilitate the manifold contacts between the two countries. The Coordinator is thus keen to enhance the standing of the Russian language in the German school and university systems and actively promotes the spread of Russian language tuition.