SUSTAIN Project - Sustainable Training Activities On Twinning

Saturday, 1 January 2011 - Saturday, 31 December 2011

Type: EU Project
Category: European Projects


Project No. 2010-2797

After a proposal submitted by the Union of Cyprus Municipalities (UCM) in the framework of the “Europe for Citizens” programme (Action 1: Measure 2.2 Support measures), the European Commission decided through the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) to co-finance the cooperation between the Union of Cyprus Municipalities (UCM) and the Local Union of Municipalities and Communites of Prefecture Chios (TEDK CHIOS) – Greece, for the development of town –twinning partnerships, between their members and towns from other EU member-states. The project had a duration of 12 months, starting from the 3rd January 2011.

 

Aim

The project offered better access to European networks of towns and better projects to the citizens of two peripheral insular areas of the European south. In addition to that, the project permitted the creation of economies of scale, giving to the Municipalities of Chios direct access to Brussels –via the UCM Brussels office- without additional costs and to Cypriot municipalities the possibility to develop their own capacities to create and run European projects, without obliging them to buy the knowhow from private consultancies.

 

Methodology

TEDK CHIOS and the UCM have started their cooperation a few years ago thanks to a twinning link between the Municipality of Chios and the Municipality of Kyrenia (respectively members of the two Unions). In 2009 the two associations signed a memorandum of cooperation. In 2010, TEDK CHIOS and the UCM worked together on the DECISIVE project which trained volunteers and municipal personnel on the creation and management of Twinning projects. During their cooperation in the framework of the DECISIVE project, the following facts have become evident: TEDK Chios had a remarkable know how on running EU projects and supporting its members in managing their own projects, but lacked access to Europe-wide networks and information flows. On the other hand, the Union of Cyprus Municipalities, through its Brussels Office, had created a vast network of partners able to provide access to information and Municipalities all around Europe, but did not have a mechanism to support its members in submitting project proposals and running the actual projects. The SUSTAIN project combined the comparative advantages of the two partners, thus creating profitable synergies for their members.

 

Activities

The project gathered to a comprehensive guide (edited in Greek) all information material (guides, websites, bibliography, best practices…) on twinning, in order to provide practical answers to local actors and citizens seeking to work on Town Twinning. The project also gave the possibility to Twinning stakeholders from the two partners, not only to learn from each other’s experiences, but to physically work within each other’s premises, in order to better understand each other’s processes. A common study visit to Brussels also gave them the possibility to meet the EACEA and understand the logic of Town Twinning and of the people working on it. You can read more information on the activities and the results and conclusions of the SUSTAIN project from here.

 

The Partners

 

UNION OF CYPRUS MUNICIPALITIES:

The Union of Cyprus Municipalities is the main association of Local Authorities in Cyprus. Its core functions are to contribute to the development of local government autonomy, as well as to act as spokesman of local government interests vis-a-vis the central government and other national institutions. It also takes an active stand in the relations between Cyprus and the European Union.

 

TEDK CHIOS – Greece:

The Local Union of Municipalities and Communities of Prefecture Chios (TEDK CHIOS) is the main association of Local Authorities in Prefecture Chios and the mainly local coordinator and policy maker for them. Its core functions are to contribute to the development of local government autonomy, as well as to act as spokesman of local government interests vis-a-vis the central government and other national institutions. It also takes an active stand in the relations between province of Chios, Greek Government and the European Union.

 

The Europe for Citizens Programme

The aim of the “Europe for Citizens” programme is to bring Europe closer to its citizens and to enable them to participate fully in the European construction. Through this programme, citizens have the opportunity to be involved in transnational exchanges and cooperation activities, contributing to developing a sense of belonging to common European ideals and encouraging the process of European integration. More information can be found at: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/citizenship/index_en.php.



The SUSTAIN project and this website are co-financed by the European Union
through the Europe for Citizens Programme.

 

1st 10-days long study visit of the Greek expert to Cyprus
Saturday, 21 May 2011
Within the framework of the SUSTAIN project, an expert from TEDK Chios, Greece, Mr. V....
Dissemination Event: Seminar on "The role of local and regional authorities in fostering European citizenship"
Thursday, 9 June 2011
The Union of Cyprus Municipalities and the Committee of the Regions co-organised on June 7 in...
First training session - Cyprus
Thursday, 9 June 2011
On June 7th, the Union of Cyprus Municipalities organised in the framework of the SUSTAIN...
Second training session - Chios
Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Within the framework of the SUSTAIN project, the Local Union of Municipalities and Communities...
5-days long study visit of the Head of the UCM Brussels Office to Chios
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Within the framework of the SUSTAIN project, the Head of Brussels Office of the Union of Cyprus...
Third training session - Brussels
Friday, 21 October 2011
The study visit of the SUSTAIN project to Brussels took place from the 4th to the 7th of...
Dissemination Event: 28th Annual General Assembly of the Union of Cyprus Municipalities
Friday, 11 November 2011
The 28th Annual General Assembly of the Union of Cyprus Municipalities was held on November 8th,...
Second 10 days visit of the expert of TEDK Chios to Cyprus
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
In the framework of the SUSTAIN project, the expert of TEDK Chios, Mr. Vasilis Kampouras,...
EUROPEAN PROJECT SUSTAIN: RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS
30/12/2011
The 30th of December marks the end of the SUSTAIN project, which has been co-funded in the...
SUSTAIN project: second 10 days visit of the expert of TEDK Chios to Cyprus
30/11/2011
In the framework of the SUSTAIN project, the expert of TEDK Chios, Mr. Vasilis Kampouras,...
28th Annual General Assembly of the Union of Cyprus Municipalities
10/11/2011
The 28th Annual General Assembly of the Union of Cyprus Municipalities was held on November 8th,...
Information kiosks: 30th anniversary of the Union of Cyprus Municipalities
07/11/2011
In an effort to highlight its 30th anniversary, the Union of Cyprus Municipalities decided to...
Press conference: 30th anniversary of the Union of Cyprus Municipalities
04/11/2011
In the framework of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the Union of Cyprus...
SUSTAIN Project: Study visit to Brussels
21/10/2011
The study visit of the SUSTAIN project to Brussels took place from the 4th to the 7th of...
SUSTAIN project: proposals and recommendations of the expert
30/09/2011
Having completed three quarters of the implementation time of the SUSTAIN project and four out...
EUROPEAN PROJECT SUSTAIN: SETTING UP OF THE INTRANET
23/09/2011
Within the framework of the SUSTAIN project, an Intranet has been set up, linking the websites...
SUSTAIN Project: Drafting of a study outlining the current situation in Cyprus
31/08/2011
During his 10-day visit in Cyprus (9-19 May), the expert of TEDK Chios had thoroughly recorded...
SUSTAIN Project: Visit of the Head of the UCM Brussels Office to Chios
06/07/2011
Within the framework of the SUSTAIN project, the Head of Brussels Office of the Union of Cyprus...
SUSTAIN Project: Second training session in Chios, Greece
30/06/2011
Within the framework of the SUSTAIN project, the Local Union of Municipalities and Communities...
SUSTAIN PROJECT: First training session in Cyprus
09/06/2011
On June 7th, the Union of Cyprus Municipalities organised in the framework of the SUSTAIN...
Seminar: “The role of LRAs in fostering European citizenship”
08/06/2011
The Union of Cyprus Municipalities and the Committee of the Regions co-organised on June 7 in...
The Committee of the Regions' CIVEX commission meets in Nicosia
08/06/2011
All levels of government working together to promote the concept of European citizenship and...
EUROPEAN PROJECT SUSTAIN: TEN DAYS VISIT OF THE EXPERT OF TEDK CHIOS IN CYPRUS
21/05/2011
Within the framework of the SUSTAIN project, an expert from TEDK Chios, Greece, Mr. V....
SUSTAIN: Follow-up of the DECISIVE project
17/03/2011
The Sustain project counts already 3 months of life. The idea for the project was based on a...
SUSTAIN project: objectives
04/02/2011
Citizens of the countries in southern Europe do not benefit from the advantages of the "Europe...
EUROPEAN PROJECT SUSTAIN: SUSTAINABLE TRAINING ACTIVITIES ON TWINNING
28/01/2011
Following a proposal submitted by the Union of Cyprus Municipalities within the European...
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