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Action 1 - Measure 1: Town Twinning

Measure 1.1 — Town twinning citizens' meetings

Description: Town twinning is a reality in today’s Europe, as an important number of municipalities are linked to each other through a formal town twinning agreement. Such partnership aims at encouraging cooperation between the towns and mutual understanding between their citizens. The Town twinning movement has developed after the Second World War, in parallel to the progress made by the European integration process. One of the major developments was the establishment of new town twinning links between EU Member States and countries from Central or Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, anticipating and preparing their integration in the European Union.

Town twinning represents a unique and dense network and therefore has a specific role to play with regard to the challenges of today’s Europe, which are reflected in the objectives of this Programme.

First, town twinning relies upon the voluntary commitment of citizens, in collaboration with their local authorities and local associations. It is therefore both a sign of, and an incentive to active participation. Second, it encourages exchanges of experiences on a variety of issues of common interest, thereby raising awareness on the advantages of finding concrete solutions at European level. Finally, it provides unique opportunities to learn about the daily lives of citizens in other European countries, to talk to them and very often to develop friendships with them. Thanks to the combination of those elements, town twinning has a real potential to enhance mutual understanding between citizens, fostering a sense of ownership of the European Union and finally developing a sense of European identity.

In order to make the best possible use of this potential, it is necessary to provide an appropriate vehicle to the various actors involved in town twinning and to adapt to the variety of potential projects.
Reference: The Programme Guide
Applications: Funding opportunities 2013
Participation: Please find more information in Who can participate?
Responsible entity: This action is managed by the EACEA, unit P7 Citizenship.
Projects duration:
Maximum duration of the meeting is 21 days
Grant allocation: The maximum eligible grant to be awarded is 25 000€. The minimum grant awarded is 5000€.

Measure 1.2 — Networks of twinned towns

Description: Town twinning is a reality in today’s Europe, as an important number of municipalities are linked to each other through a formal town twinning agreement. Such partnership aims at encouraging cooperation between the towns and mutual understanding between their citizens. The Town twinning movement has developed after the Second World War, in parallel to the progress made by the European integration process. One of the major developments was the establishment of new town twinning links between EU Member States and countries from Central or Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, anticipating and preparing their integration in the European Union.

Town twinning represents a unique and dense network and therefore has a specific role to play with regard to the challenges of today’s Europe, which are reflected in the objectives of this Programme.

First, town twinning relies upon the voluntary commitment of citizens, in collaboration with their local authorities and local associations. It is therefore both a sign of, and an incentive to active participation. Second, it encourages exchanges of experiences on a variety of issues of common interest, thereby raising awareness on the advantages of finding concrete solutions at European level. Finally, it provides unique opportunities to learn about the daily lives of citizens in other European countries, to talk to them and very often to develop friendships with them. Thanks to the combination of those elements, town twinning has a real potential to enhance mutual understanding between citizens, fostering a sense of ownership of the European Union and finally developing a sense of European identity.

In order to make the best possible use of this potential, it is necessary to provide an appropriate vehicle to the various actors involved in town twinning and to adapt to the variety of potential projects.
Reference: The Programme Guide
Applications: Funding opportunities 2013
Participation: Please find more information in Who can participate?
Responsible entity: This action is managed by the EACEA, unit P7 Citizenship.
Projects duration:
The maximum project duration is 24 months; the maximum duration of each event is 21 days.
Grant allocation: Maximum amount eligible for a project within this measure is EUR 150 000. The minimum amount eligible is EUR 10 000. The grant calculation is based on flat rates.

*1 "Report of the High level Experts Forum on Mobility "Making learning mobility an opportunity for all", July 2008-  http://ec.europa.eu/education/doc/2008/mobilityreport_en.pdf

 

 

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