Project SUSTAIN – Sustainable Training Activities on Twinning
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.
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 the activities and the results and conclusions of the SUSTAIN project from here.