Twin towns and sister cities
The practice of municipal twinning was developed in Europe in the wake of the Second World War as a means for promoting understanding between citizens and supporting cross-border contacts. It remains to this day one of the most popular concepts for European cooperation. Over time it has spread to other continents and has sometimes produced very interesting partnerships. An example in Trnava was cooperation with Nicaragua in the years 1992 to 2000. Since 1989 the European Union has also promoted the idea of twinning partnerships in Europe.
Trnava has had a programme for partnerships with foreign municipalities on a basis of solidarity and equal standing for two decades and it has proved to be an effective instrument for bringing citizens together and strengthening a feeling of membership in the European community.
At present Trnava has ten twin towns and sister cities abroad and is engaged in active cooperation with them. Relations are maintained and further developed according to signed partnership agreements. In addition to regular visits by the city’s leadership, there is cooperation in the fields of culture, sport, research, education and religion.
The city is also partner in multilateral international cooperation projects such as the Network of European medium-sized cities based in St Poelten in Austria and Centrope - the Central European Region based in Vienna and Bratislava.