HIS­TORY OF TWIN TOWNS

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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.

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