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Town twinning: 70 years after World War II - what results achieved?
Town twinning: Applications are open until 30 September
Municipalities and cities are invited to submit online applications to set up town twinning project focused on citizenship or thematic networking. Applications must be sent to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive.Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission until 30 September 2009.
Croatia, Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia become eligible in the community programme “Europe for Citizens”
The European Commission’s programme « Europe for Citizens », which covers the period 2007-2013 and which dedicates an important part of its budget to twinning activities, will now benefit also 3 countries of the Western Balkans: Croatia, Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Yes you can (un-twin)!
Another urban myth is laid to rest : contrary to what has been published or broadcast around the world these last days, Yes you can un-twin!
A number of media.including the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and FR3, quoted the mayor of Wallingford (UK) as saying that he had contacted the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) to ask how to “un-twin” from its twin partner town in France, and that CEMR told him that they “did not have a policy to sever ties” and “it wasn't their job” to de-twin. CEMR, it was suggested “weren't interested in sorting out the problem”.
“town twinning for peace and human rights”: a commemoration ceremony in Auschwitz
The Italian section of CEMR (AICCRE
) and the Association of Polish cities (ZMP
) are organising a european conference on “town twinning for peace and human rights”, in Oswiecim
(the Polish town where Auschwitz extermination camp was located), from 13 to 15 June 2009.
Twinning in the Balkans : A CEMR seminar in Sarajevo
“The efforts Balkan countries have made to move closer to the European Union and to strengthen citizenship through twinning must be supported”. This was the message addressed by the mayor of Mostar, Ljubo Bešlic, during the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)'s seminar on “Balkan countries participation to the European twinning programme”, held in Sarajevo on 27 March 2009.
Town twinning: questions on the new guide on how to get EU funding
On 20 January 2009, the European Commission's DG Education and Culture organised an information day on the Europe for citizens programme guide. The Commission's financial support to town twinning is in the framework of Europe for citizens, and the programme guide helps applicants seeking EU funding for their project. John Atkins, of the European Commission's executive Agency for Education and Culture, answers our questions on the new programme guide.
European Neighbours' Day: let's bring together our citizens!
Each year, on the last Tuesday of May, inhabitants of a same building or area are invited to share a nice time around a buffet. or a luncheon with their neighbours. This event, relayed by municipalities and local associations, aims to better the “living together”, to develop a real sense of community and to promote European citizenship.
The "Europe schools": twinning for a Europe of citizens
200 participants from 20 towns attended the launch of the network "Europe schools", on 28 and 29 November 2008 in Saint-Alban (France).
The Europe schools
project was created by the twinning committee of Saint-Alban. Its main feature is that in each town twinned with Saint-Alban, citizens meet to debate issues linked to European integration.
The chair of CEMR twinning network, Janusz Marszalek
, was invited to the launch alongside Risto Raivio, head of the Europe for citizens programme
at the European Commission.
Golden Stars 2008: Rewarding European citizenship initiatives
The annual Golden stars award ceremony took place in Brussels on 13 November 2008.
The projects that we are awarding the Golden Stars to demonstrate that Europe.has been constructed for its citizens—and it is Europe's citizens that will make the difference, said EU Commissioner Education, training, culture and youth, Ján Figel. The EU is more than being about business and economy; we need to develop more its human side. I am convinced that more civic participation will take Europe further and develop it into something even more human.
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