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Support for actions to promote town-twinning
"Financial assistance from the European Commission for town-twinning".
The European Commission's town-twinning programme promotes the strengthening of existing links between twinned towns and municipalities and the development of new twinning initiatives. The aims are to bring the people of Europe closer together and to strengthen the dialogue between the European Union and citizens, thus reinforcing European awareness and creating a more participatory European citizenship.
Towns, municipalities, local government associations and local authorities of the Member States of the European Union and eligible third countries: Central and Eastern European Countries (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia); the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania); Cyprus; Malta and Turkey.
The 2001 call has 3 deadlines for the submission of grant applications: 22 December 2000 for actions implemented between 1 Feburary and 30 April 2001; 9 March 2001 for actions implemented between 1 May and 30 September 2001; 10 August 2001 for actions implemented between 1 October and 31 December 2001.
Nature of activities
Support will be given to two types of activities:
1. Exchanges between citizens
Priority will be given to projects addressing the following issues in the context of European integration.
Priority will also be given to:
Applications must be submitted by the municipal authority or the chairperson of the twinning committee of the host town. The application must be submitted in the context of existing or new twinning arrangements. In the latter case, evidence that twinning is in preparation must be supplied.
2. Conferences and training seminars
The conferences must concern themes of common European interest in the context of twinning arrangements and must involve persons with an in-depth knowledge of the subject matters. Priority will be given to projects addressing the same themes and features as those listed under the 'Exchanges between citizens' section.
The training seminars should provide twinning officers with the knowledge and skills which are indispensable for promoting twinning arrangements with a high quality content. Preference will be given to training seminars in the following areas:
Applications must be submitted by local or regional authorities or associations of local authorities in the eligible countries. Applicants must put forward a programme designed to intensify dialogue and exchanges of experience, indicating clearly the objectives, methods used and expected results.
The following types of actions are not eligible:
Rural dimension or example of actions in rural areas
Under LEADER I, the West Cornwall local action group (United Kingdom) organised a first visit of elected officials and practioners from the Centre-Ouest Bretagne group (France). The French group subsequently played host to its Cornish counterparts. The two groups pursued this link, which led them to work together on various LEADER projects, particularly those of a tourism or cultural nature such as the "Celtic tourist itinerary" and the "Maritime Celtic Olympic Games". These exchanges are a direct consequence of existing twinning arrangements between Cornwall County Council and the Conseil Général du Finistère.
Nature and amount of financial support
The grant for all activities may not exceed 50% of the total amount of the eligible project costs. The organisers must provide a statement attesting to a minimum of 50% match-funding for the project. The upper and lower ceilings of the grant are respectively EUR 50 000 and 1 000 per project.
The amount of the subsidy is calculated on the basis of a qualitative appraisal (its European dimension, degree of innovation, etc) and quantitative appraisal (number of priority aspects, participants and towns).
European Union financial support
The total Community budget for twinning projects submitted under the 2001 call is EUR 10 million.
Applications for grants will be evaluated by a selection committee established by the European Commission. This committee will advise the Commission on the advisability of granting a subsidy and the amount to be granted depending on the theme addressed and the nature of the action. It reserves the right to ensure equitable geographical distribution of all the projects so as to guarantee optimum coverage of the Community territory.
Application forms for grants are available from the European Commission at the address mentioned below, the Offices of the Commission and European Parliament in each Member States, European and national twinning organisations (e.g. the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) or the United Towns Organisation (UTO)).
The following application forms are available in the eleven official Community languages:
The forms can be obtained from the following postal and internet addresses:
Additional sources of information