Twinning Towns

it.jpgAlcamo, Italy

The Twinning Agreement was concluded on July 26, 2002 in Alcamo. The agreement was signed by the Chairman of Jelgava City Council Andris Rāviņš and the Mayor of Alcamo at that moment, Giacomo Scala. The agreement provides for the exchange of social and cultural experiences, as well as participation and support in cooperation projects in various fields. The most actively both entrepreneurs in Alcamo and Jelgava have maintained contacts and exchanged experiences in the field of business during these years.

 

In 2017, the city's permanent population was 45 375.

www.comune.alcamo.tp.it
 
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Baranavichy, Byelorussia

The Twinning Agreement was concluded on November 20, 2003. The agreement was signed by the Chairman of Jelgava City Council Andris Rāviņš and the Chairman of the Baranavichy City Council of Deputies at that time V. I.Stakhnov. The agreement provides for cooperation in the fields of industry, trade, culture, local government and sports. During these years, cooperation between the two cities has been very close through regular exchange visits and cooperation projects. Specialists from the Jelgava Social Affairs Department and the Education Department went to Baranavichy in a visit to update cooperation in the social field, education and culture last year. The Jelgava Belarusian Association "Lanok" has a close friendship with Baranavichy cultural groups - Baranavichy amateur art groups also perform in Jelgava at least once every two years.

For eight years now, on the First Advent, we are lighting the city's central holiday tree in Duke Jacob's Square, which is made of 45 small Christmas trees placed in a metal structure, and this solution was created by taking over the experience of the twin city. Baranavichy municipality donated drawings to Jelgava and revealed suggestions for a technical solution to make the main city holiday ornament from many small Christmas trees during Christmas.

In 2019, the city's permanent population was 179 000.
www.baranovichy.by
 

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Białystok, Poland

The Twinning Agreement was concluded on November 18, 1994. The agreement was signed by the Chairman of Jelgava City Council at that time Uldis Ivans and the Chairman of Białystok City Council at that time Jans Hojnovskis. It provides for cooperation in the fields of culture, art, science, education, sport and tourism. In the field of culture, there is an exchange of new photo exhibitions from twin cities, so that residents in both Jelgava and Białystok can follow the growth of each city. Thus, in 2017, a photo exhibition of Białystok was displayed in Jelgava, which reflected the architecture, urban environment and people of Białystok in its photographic works, but in 2015, an exchange of experience took place at the Creativity Festival, which is held annually.

 

In 2014, the city's permanent population was 295 401.
www.bialystok.pl

 
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Como, Italy

The Twinning Agreement was concluded on November 23, 2016. The agreement was signed by the Chairman of Jelgava City Council Andris Rāviņš and the Deputy Mayor of Como at that moment Silvia Magni. Jelgava Crafts Secondary School actively cooperates with the city, developing exchange programs for students and teachers of vocational schools. Experience exchange trips take place every year for both students and teachers. For example, in the spring of 2019, during the Erasmus project, 6 students took part in an internship in Como - a student of the catering specialty group, a student of the confectionery group, two business specialty students, as well as two teachers. During this project, the students of Jelgava Crafts Secondary School worked in the companies of the city of Como - the bakery "Fornaio Beretta" and the restaurant "Ristorante Rino". However, teachers had the opportunity to observe the learning process in Como vocational schools. It is important that at the end of such an internship, students obtain an international document that confirms the recognition of the acquired international experience and knowledge.

 

In 2015, the city's permanent population was 84 394.

www.visitcomo.eu/en
 

sw.jpgHällefors, Sweden

The Twinning Agreement was concluded on April 5, 2004. The agreement was signed by the Chairman of Jelgava City Council Andris Rāviņš and the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Hallefors Municipality at that time Penti Suponen. The agreement provides for cooperation in urban development, tourism, culture and social affairs. The two cities were united by a joint project, which gave opportunity to Jelgava to gain experience in the field of tourism development at the beginning of the cooperation. At the beginning of the 2000s - at a time when tourism was still low-developed not only in Jelgava, but also in the whole Latvia - Hallefors gave the first incentive to our city to start improving the tourism industry, to learn to create tourism products. As a result of the cooperation, the first training of tourism specialists took place in Jelgava.

 

The city's permanent population is 7 000.
www.hellefors.se

ru.jpgMagadan (Russia)

The Twinning Agreement was concluded on May 10, 2006. The agreement was signed by the Chairman of Jelgava City Council Andris Rāviņš and the Mayor of Magadan at that time Vladimir Pchoniy. It covers cooperation in the fields of culture, education, economy, sport, tourism, science and social policy.

More than a hundred Latvians live in Magadan. In 2012, with the participation of the Chairman of Jelgava City Council A.Rāviņš, a memorial plaque was opened in Magadan near the monument "Funeral Mask" in memory of the repressed Latvians.

The two cities continue to maintain friendly contacts over the years, especially in the cultural field despite the distance between the two cities that has not allowed for as close cooperation as originally planned. Magadan artists have been participating in the Jelgava Ice Sculpture Festival for several years, therefor in 2013, the artists brought with them unique works of art typical of the far northern nation - sculptures made of mammoth and whale bones, as well as sea lion tusks. Jelgava residents could see the unique works of art in the exhibition when arrived to the festival. At the same time, our team of sculptors has participated in the International Ice Sculpture Festival in Magadan for several years with good results.

Also, at the beginning of the cooperation, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies offered two budget places to Latvians of Magadan every year. Artjom Steshanov was the first to use this opportunity in 2008, who came to Jelgava from Magadan and started studying food technology. For many years now, Artjom has called Jelgava his home - he graduated, continues to live in Jelgava, has started a family and works as a technologist in a chocolate factory.

 

In 2012, the city's permanent population was 95 263.
www.magadanmedia.ru

sw.jpgNacka, Sweden

The Twinning Agreement was concluded in the early 2000s, providing for the exchange of experience in the field of municipal, environmental, educational, cultural, sports. Inhabitants of Jelgava was able to learn more about the beautiful architecture, landscapes of Stockholm's suburbs, Nacka, as well as the festive and everyday life of the city's inhabitants in 2014, when the Jelgava Culture House hosted the photo exhibition "Pearl of Sweden - Nacka" created by the twin city.

However, the origins of the cooperation between the two cities can be traced back to the conclusion of the twinning agreement, when an EU project on the development of an addiction prevention program was implemented together with Nacka city. During that time, specialists from Jelgava municipality went on an exchange visit to Nacka, where they learned about preventive work in the field of addictions in the Swedish city. It was in Nacka where the inhabitants of Jelgava gained valuable experience on how not only the specialists but also the society could be involved in this process - in Nacka, parents actively did so. This was the first impetus for the establishment of the organization "Parents for Jelgava" in our city, the active work of which continued for 11 years. The most visible activity of "Parents for Jelgava" was regular patrols in the city, when parents took to the city streets late at night and monitored the youth. The aim of these tours was to prevent possible accidents, protect young people and help them in difficult situations. The police also provided support to these patrols. The project gained a great resonance in Latvia, and the example of Jelgava residents was followed by Riga parents and parents in other municipalities.

 

In 2016, the city's permanent population was 99 359.
www.nacka.se

79c286062d52cd699103b15f9418b52b.pngNova Odessa, Brazil

The Memorandum of Understanding was concluded on June10, 2007, providing for cooperation in many fields, including support to organizations, businesses, public authorities and the promotion of cultural and historical understanding between the two countries. Initially, cooperation developed in the field of culture. In 2009, the Jelgava Big Band led by Raitis Ašmanis went on a concert tour to distant Brazil - they participated in the Nova Odessa City Festival and gave a concert on the open-air stage.

 

In 2015, the city's permanent population was 56 764.
www.novaodessa.sp.gov.br

ee.jpgParnu, Estonia

Relations between Parnu and Jelgava began as early as 1957, and cooperation in the field of culture is the most intense. Joint exhibitions of Jelgava and Siauliai artists have taken place in Parnu, and sculptors have participated in our International Ice Sculpture Festival. Jelgava, Siauliai and Pärnu are united by the keyword B3 - this combination marks an international art exhibition between three cities, which takes place in a different city every year. Jelgava has also established close cooperation with Parnu Big band.

Jelgava Crafts Secondary school has also implemented two joint projects with Pärnu Vocational High School, when future chefs and costume style specialists from Estonia spent a week studying at our school during the exchange program, and Jelgava residents - in Pärnu.

 

In 2015, the city's permanent population was 51 000.
www.parnu.ee

index.php.gifRueil-Malmaison, France

The Twinning Agreement was concluded on June 28, 2007. The agreement was signed by the Chairman of Jelgava City Council Andris Rāviņš and the Mayor of Rueil-Malmaison Patrikc Ollier. The agreement provides for cooperation in the fields of civil protection, crisis management and urban infrastructure monitoring, science, technology, culture, sport, health, human resources and business.

So far, the cooperation between the two cities has developed most closely in the field of education, with teachers and students going on exchange trips and learning new skills, methods and getting to know a different approach to the implementation of the educational process. The longest cooperation has been established between Jelgava Crafts Secondary School and Rueil-Malmaison Metalworking School, but now this circle of cooperation has expanded to cover all curricula offered at Jelgava Crafts Secondary School. Few years ago Art schools of both cities also started cooperating. In ten years, 140 of our students have studied in France, while in Jelgava - 116 students from Rueil-Malmaison.

The mayors of both cities signed an extended cooperation agreement in 2017, celebrating ten years of the cooperation between the cities. The most important innovation is closer economic cooperation between cities. Although the cities have previously implemented economic cooperation, for example a Christmas market is held in Rueil-Malmaison every year, where it is also possible to buy products produced in Jelgava, the extended cooperation agreement envisages the development of economic cooperation.

 

In 2016, the city's permanent population was 78 195.
www.mairie-rueilmalmaison.fr

lt.jpgSiauliai, Lithuania

The Twinning Agreement was signed in 1960, and cooperation is in the fields of education, culture, sport, social welfare, substance abuse prevention and environmental awareness and risk management. From 2007 to 2013, the Latvian-Lithuanian cross-border cooperation program was implemented, in the course of which cooperation in the field of civil protection was started. A joint rescue team has been established to prevent flood situations in the border area of the Latvian-Lithuanian region, ensuring the pumping of water from flooded areas and preventing the flooding of strategically important objects. However, from 2014 to 2020, the "Interreg VA" Latvian-Lithuanian cross-border cooperation program is being implemented, which envisages the improvement of the civil protection system and the efficiency of the technical base and operational services specialists. Cities are also cooperating in improving the services available on the Inhabitant's map, improving the efficiency of public service provision, expanding the use of city maps in Jelgava and Siauliai.

There is also cultural cooperation between the two cities. Every year Jelgava hosts two press conferences in Siauliai - before the Ice Sculpture Festival and before the Sand Sculpture Festival. During both festivals, a collage competition is also organized in Siauliai educational institutions, and all participants are given an invitation to the festival in Jelgava, but the author of the best work also receives paid transport expenses from our supporters to get to the festival. There is also close cooperation with the Siauliai Big Band.

 

In 2018, the number of permanent residents of the city was 100 618.
www.siauliai.lt

 

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Shin-Ying, Taiwan

The Twinning Agreement was concluded on April 2, 2000. The agreement was signed by the Chairman of Jelgava City Council at that time Uldis Ivans and the Mayor of Xinjiang City Chen Ching, providing for cooperation in the field of art and culture. During the exchange visit in 2019, the delegation of Jelgava City Municipality visited several companies in Shin-Ying, evaluated and discussed the possibilities of further cooperation. Thanks to the twinning of the two cities, Jelgava also had the opportunity to present itself in Taiwan at a conference of smart technologies, where a total of 55 countries were represented.

 

The city's permanent population is 75 000.


dk.jpgVejle, Denmark

The twinning agreement was signed in 1992 and provides for cooperation in the field of education and exchange of experience between municipal employees. During one of the first experience exchange trips, Vejle municipality employees introduced Jelgava municipality specialists to their work organization in the municipality, and as a result of cooperation, a One-Stop Agency for Citizens' Service was established in Jelgava, which later became Jelgava Municipality Customer Service Center. Such work organization makes it much more convenient for the residents to communicate with the municipality and solve all the necessary issues in one place.

Cooperation with the Danish city began shortly after the restoration of Latvia's independence, which was not an easy time in Latvia. At that time, Vejle's support to Jelgava schools by donating furniture and computers, as well as humanitarian aid - clothing - was received from Vejle by the Jelgava branch of the Latvian Children's Fund to provide support to the city's needy families.

In turn, the students of Jelgava orphanage with the financial support of Vejle municipality had the opportunity to organize summer camps by the sea for more than ten years in a row - tents, sleeping bags, rubber boats and other recreational equipment were provided, and children's meals were paid for.

Cooperation between the two cities continues - in 2019, representatives of Jelgava municipality participated in the business forum "Re-emigration - vacancies and challenges" organized by the Danish society, as well as during the exchange meeting with cities could work together in the future.

 

In 2013, the city's permanent population was 52 449.
www.vejle.dk

 

11a79a78c3cf79c8c784f9dc1d7b49cd.jpgIvanofrankovska (Ukraina)

The Twinning Agreement was concluded on October 24, 2007. The agreement was signed by the Chairman of Jelgava City Council Andris Rāviņš and the Mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk at that time Viktors Anushkevichius. The agreement provides for cooperation in the development and implementation of investment projects in the fields of culture, art, education, health care, tourism and sports.

The Jelgava Society Integration Department, which annually organizes camps for Ukrainian children, and the Jelgava Crafts Secondary School, which cooperates with the highest professional hotel service and tourism school, are actively cooperating with Ivano-Frankivsk. During the cooperation, the teachers of our Jelgava Crafts Secondary School have organized the training of teachers of cooks and confectioners of Ivano-Frankivsk Vocational School.

Last year, specialists from the Ivano-Frankivsk Department of Education arrived in an exchange visit to Jelgava to discuss cooperation opportunities for organizing a youth exchange program this year.

 

In 2019, the city's permanent population was 241 100.
www.mvk.if.ua