INTAMT representatives attended the 13th German-Russian Partner Cities Conference that took place from June 27th to June 30th Karlsruhe. The conference was held under the motto “70 years after the war” and was furthermore dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the city.
The year 1969, Kaluga and Suhl decided to become the first German-Russian Partner cities. By now, some Russian cities have several city partners in Germany. Moscow is maintaining cooperative relationships to Bavaria, Berlin and Dusseldorf. The partnership relations are developing today between 88 cities of the two countries and play not only an important role in economic terms, but also in terms of cultural and social projects, making the developed and implementation a lot easier. Here all population groups are recognized: students, young people, to NGOs and professional associations.
The conference program also included workshops on the following topics:
- Co-operation and exchanges in the field “Vocational training” in City Partnerships
- The local dimension of economic ties: twinning as a factor in international economic relations – Success through Economic Partnership
- Local Governance: municipal enterprises, urban development and public participation in decision-making
- 70 years after the war – the contribution of town twinning to understanding and reconciliation
- Youth and Language
Coordinators of the working groups were longtime participant of the German-Russian meetings, including the Eberhard-Schöck-Stiftung, the German-Russian Economic Alliance, the German-Russian Economic Forum, the Foundation West-East meetings and the German Association of South-East societies.
For more than ten years, the INTAMT Academy regularly attends meetings of representatives from Moscow and Dusseldorf. Since its founding in 2005, INTAMT has not only promotes the cooperation of universities and vocational schools in Moscow and Dusseldorf, but has also successfully implemented a high number of bilateral cultural projects. The youth exchange about inclusion and conducting seminars and forums help to attract more people to the professional experience and know-how exchange. Moreover, such events confirm the importance of contacts between Russia and Germany.