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Launch event “Provincial Table of Coordination for town twinning”

ALDA together with the Municipality of Vicenza and the Municipality of Bassano del Grappa organized the “Provincial Table of Coordination for Town-Twinning” on 2nd December at 5 p.m. The event took place in Sala Giunta of Bassano del Grappa City Hall.

The meeting saw the participation of Marco Boaria, Resource and Development Unit Coordinator (ALDA), Mattia Brazzale, Assistant to the Director's Office (ALDA), Stefano Cimatti, Mayor of Bassano del Grappa, Annalisa Toniolo, Assessor of Bassano del Grappa, Graziella Perfetti, representative of the Municipality of Bassano del Grappa, Silvia Covolo, Mayor of Breganze, Giulia Cunico, Councillor of Marostica, Milena Cecchetto, Mayor of Montecchio Maggiore, Massimiliano Maragon, representative of the Town Twinning committee of the Municipality of Schio, Giancarlo Pesce, Vicenza City Councillor in charge for Town twinning.,

The main aim of the table is to exchange best practices, to establish new collaborations and stimulate the creation of an international network of twinned towns, putting together the muncipalities of the Province of Vicenza, and their twinned cities.

Too often town twinning is wrongly conceived as a mere expense of representation, when it is not. In fact, nowadays town twinning is considered by the European Union, as one of the main tools for decentralized cooperation.

During the meeting Marco Boaria reminded the three key issues of the meeting: - the motion concerning town twinning; - Provincial Table of Coordination for town twinning; - the new program of the European Commission "Europe for Citizens”

Mattia Brazzale, presented the motion,which he had elaborated, the motion has normative bases at both national and European legislation, mentioning the EC’s Decisions and National normatives on the subjet.. M. Brazzale goes on arguing that town twinning should be considered as an added value for the municipalities and not a mere expenditure of management or representation and be an instrument for the exchange of know-how and best practices.



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