The politically impartial Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe was founded in 1971 in Hamburg.

The foundation’s mission is to support the development of young people into politically-aware and responsible citizens by focussing on the strengthening of the European Idea and pan-European understanding.

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The objective of the Heinz-Schwarzkopf Foundation is to develop a dialogue between young people of 16 and 28 years of age and leading figures from the world of politics, the economy and culture.

The Foundation provides young people with information about the decision-making process in Europe and make this process visible and tangible and thus benefitial to the education of young people.

Main Activities

– The Foundation offers lectures, seminars, debates, visits to embassies, exhebition visits, « Background Talks on Europe » as well as EU Crash-Courses. In direct exchange with ambassadors, federal Ministers, journalists, European members of parliament, EU Commissioners, Prime Ministers, scientists and artists, young people are able to experience politics up-close and to take part in the political process.

– Furthermore, the Schwarzkopf Foundation awards travel grants, the « Young European of the Year » prize as well as the annual « Schwarzkopf Europe » award.

– The Schwarzkopf Foundation has run the European Youth Parliament since 2004.


A Foundation dedicated to the young people in Europe and to the development of their political awareness.

The Foundation runs of the European Youth Parliament, an initiative born in a french school in Fontainebleau.