HISTORY OF TWIN TOWNS
The concept of town twinning was introduced just after the end of the Second World War with the aim of bringing Europeans closer together and promoting cross-border projects.
In January 1951, local mayors of Europe came together in Geneva to found the Conseil des Communes et Régions d’Europe (which became the Council of Municipalities and Regions in 1984). They realised that European countries could overcome their difficulties by uniting, subsequently introducing the notion of a ‘Europe of citizens’ and creating the notion of jumelages (twinning).
France’s unique geographical positioning (sharing borders with seven European neighbours) meant that it was able to spearhead the twinning movement on both a European and international level that still continues today.