Cross-border twinning and co-operation between associations
In 1989 a twinning agreement was concluded between the Catalan and Flemish associations for industrial archaeology. Since then both associations work together in multiple fields, they exchange information and ideas - and they learn from each other. In 2009 the Flemish went on visit to Catalonia, in 2010 the Catalans visited Flanders. Members of both associations became friends - and some Flemish industrial archaeologists even started learning Catalan...
The experience of this twinning was proven to be advantageous and useful for both partners.
It was presented during the Industrial Heritage Weekend in Tilburg in 2011, and as a result one decided to promote this kind of reciprocal collaboration. In 2012 a draft of a twinning charter was discussed in London .
Why not extend the idea and promote similar twinning between other associations - thus laying the foundations of small scale and friendly international co-operation ?
Are there any associations now looking for twinning partners in another country ?
Whilst not legally binding, the signing of a formal twinning or agreement facilitates the setting-up of a long-term, trusting relationship. Its form and content are not fixed, and may be amended depending on the specific nature of the partnership which is being set up, and according to the wishes of the partners.