Anders Knape

Anders Knape
President, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities – Council of Europe; Vice President, Committee of Regions (CoR)


When looking for new ways to contribute to the sustainability of cities, one can identify different ways of achieving it: town twinning is one of them. For me and for the Congress of local and regional authorities I represent, town twinning means exchange, dialogue, cooperation and solidarity.

The first step for successful twinning is understanding that we all have common problems and common interests, stemming from our responsibilities towards citizens. We can only be stronger in carrying out our duties if we exchange and cooperate with our peers facing the same difficulties and challenges. Twinning and networking between cities provide the opportunity for finding solutions to shared problems and challenges and we, in the Congress fully support such cooperation between cities and regions all over Europe.


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