The relationship between twin cities from various countries helps to achieve certain goals involved in cultural, economic and informational dimensions of cooperation. Moreover, the cities are able to pick up good practices from others during the mutual projects that surely bring many advantages. At present Radomsko has five twin cities: Makó (Hungary), Lincoln, (Great Britain), Kiryat Bialik (Israel) and Voznesensk (Ukraine) and Olaine (Latvia).
Makó is a town located in south-eastern part of Hungary – in Csongrád County, on the Maros River. The borders lies about 10 kilometers near Romania.
Warm climate and decent quality soil makes agriculture as a leading branch of local economy. The Town is famous for its 200 years long cultivation of onion and garlic, which are full of nutrients, sweet taste and mild aroma.
Since the collaboration agreement was signed 13th June 2003, cooperation between Makó and Radomsko involved meetings of local authorities and youth exchanges within the European projects like „Golden ideas for creativity”, „Multifaced twin towns”, „Key to identity”.
Many meetings were devoted to the issues that are common to both cities, and to make new targets in further collaboration.
In 2016 both cities signed a cooperation paper which enforces international bounds, as well as working together in culture, education, tourism, or in promoting our regions. The paper brings support for each of the cities in the field of economy and trade.
Young people from Makó and Radomsko have been active in creating positive and stronger connection between these two cities – the very first visit of students from Radomsko was in September 2013 during „Handbook of positive European Citizen” project. The students from a secondary school of Radomsko - Electric-Electronic School Complex and School Complex No. 7 visited Makó. During the exchange young people could take part in workshops and meetings dedicated to gender equity as well as creating more public-spirited society. In return, students from Makó visited our City 16-19 April 2014. They participated in artistic and integrative workshops, debates and an urban game designed to become familiar with Radomsko and to learn how to work collectively.
Lincoln is one of the three oldest cities in England. The city functions as an administrative, educational centre and offers services in various industries, including the ones with the most innovative technology.
The cooperation agreement was signed 16 June 2006 and since that time many meetings were held to discuss shared projects and to set new goals in the future.
Radomsko has been in partnership with twin cities from Great Britain and Hungary for several years now, and worked for the varied projects funded by the European Union. Through those years, many residents were engaged in projects like „Golden ideas for creativity”, „Mulitfaced twin towns”, „Key to identity”, and „Handbook of positive European Citizen”. During the last strand young people from Radomsko and Makó and Olaine paid Lincoln a visit where they took part in workshops and meetings designed to tighten relationships between twin towns by exchanging the youth. In fact, they could mutually learn about other cultures.
Kiryat Bialik is a home for nearly 40 thousand citizens, lying in Zevulun Valley, West Galilee. The city is a part of Krayot agglomeration. Its history begins in first half of twentieth century, when the Jewish National Fund bought land where recently is located Kiryat Bialik. The town of Kiryat Bialik was settled 18th July 1934 by Jewish immigrants from Germany.
The agreement was signed 16 October 2011 in Radomsko. Almost six years of cooperation led to many initiatives that brought both cultures much closer. Among significant events, it must be noted that the youth from Kiryat Bialik visited our citied four times: in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016. During those visitations they could see historic places where Polish Jews lived, and they had chance to play alongside young people from School Complexes No. 2, 3, 5 and 7 of Radomsko in cultural and integrating parties.
Our city has been always hospitable for delegations from Kiryat Bialik, and in 2015 as a favour young students from Radomsko were invited to Israel. They were taken in to their peers’ homes which was favourable to free-flowing integration and becoming acquainted with Israeli culture. They saw local School and took part in valuable artistic and educational activities.
Voznesensk – the city was founded in 1790 by Catherine II the Great and the origins of its name derive from a Christian holiday – Ascension Day (Voznesensk).
The beginning of Voznesensk’s history is dated on fifteenth century when a Turkish fortress (Чичаклей) was built on the south outskirts of the recent Voznesensk. Also, during that time a Triumphal Arch was built near a city gateway, and lasted until 1960s’. The city became as a significant administrative and trade centre in the southern part of Russia.
Partnership agreement from 24 August 2004 with our City is focused not only on the cultural aspects but also on sharing experiences. In June 2016 our delegation had opportunity to witness the 221st Settlement Celebrations of Voznesensk. In return visit, the Voznesensk delegation with the youth were present during the last year celebration of 750 years of Radomsko. The Ukrainian „Sports-acrobatic dance group Favorite” gave a great performance before the Citizens of Radomsko and many guests.
Olaine Municipality is located in the western part of Vidzeme, which is a neighbourhood of Riga, which takes only 23 km to get to the capital of Latvia. The central part of the Municipality is crossed by two route-arteries of international significance.
Territory of Olaine Municipality occupies 28,952.6 ha. This is the only municipal territory in Latvia which is divided in two parts with no joint border and with a 1.3 km distance between them. More than 20.500 inhabitants have registered their place of residence in the Municipality.
The greatest part, respectively 66% is covered by the forests while 20% are utilised agricultural areas. Moreover, the Municipality is a place of sand and peat extraction.
Olaine Municipality comprises Olaine town which is also the administrative centre of the Municipality and Olaine parish with 21 villages.
Industrial buildings are the integral part of the Municipality. There are typical Soviet multi-apartment houses in Olaine town, Jaunolaine, and Stūnīši. However, the villages of private houses next to the rural landscapes are rapidly developing today. A great share of seasonal housing is a characteristic of the Municipality as 47 gardening societies gradually turn into villages of private houses are located therein.
Through the years, the Olaine Municipality has obtained a number of twin towns – Karlskoga, Ödeshög, and Vadstena in Sweden, Riihimäki in Finland, and Radomsko in Poland.
The future is related to broad the economical opportunities and the quality of the living environment. The pride of the Municipality’s growth and achievements of the local people can be expressed by the slogan: “Weekday or holiday – we are together!”
The cooperation agreement was signed on 2nd June 2018.
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