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Town Twinning - 09.11.2007

Golden stars 2007 reward best twinnings
The 2007 awards ceremony of the Golden Stars for twinning has taken place in Brussels on 8 november 2007. Over 400 participants attended the ceremony.
EU Commissioner for Education, training, culture and youth, Jan Figel', congratulated the winners. He praised their originality and enthusiasm that clearly show the side of Europe which inspires, unites and spreads the message of tolerance and mutual understanding.
The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) is the forefather of the twinning movement in Europe and has ever since promoted twinning. As such, CEMR was int hey jury selecting the awards' winners. Chair of CEMR working group on twinning, Anders Knape, reminded delegates of the outcome of CEMR conference on the future of twinning, in Rhodes, in May 2007.
The 2007 Golden Stars winners
- Nether Kellet (UK) and Bussières (FR) - Twinning on conservation of energy and natural resources
- Le Coudray St Germer (FR) and Trstena (SK) - Twinning on educating young people on the EU and European citizenship
- Tekovské Luzany (SK) and Bataszek (HU), Ditrau (RO), Quaregnon (BE), newton abbot (UK), besigheim (DE), Ay Champagne (FR), Conde sur l'Escaut (FR), Kampen (NL) - Twinning on exchange of experience on racism, xenophobia and women/men equality
- Hennef (DE) and Banbury (UK), Le Pecq (FR) and Nowy Dwor Gdanski (PL) - Twinning on European integration
- Wagrowiec (PL) and Adendorf (DE), Schönwalde (DE), Gyula (HU), Le Plessis Trevise (FR) and Russia and Denmark - Twinning on solidarity towards disabled persons.
- The five other winners covered civil society projects rather than twinning
CEMR handbok on twinning (in English and in French)
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