A brand new toolkit on City-to-City Cooperation or C2C is now available on the the Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform CoE website
Following on from the toolkits on Inter-Municipal Cooperation (2010) and Cross Border Cooperation (2012), this toolkit on C2C, produced by CoE in cooperation with the Institute of International Sociology (ISIG) in Gorizia, Italy, provides guidelines and examples of best practices to municipalities wishing to establish fruitful cooperation with non-neighbouring counterparts abroad.
With the growth of the de-territorialisation process and the consequent intertwining of international, national and domestic contexts, cities need to take a leading role in the international relations arena. Therefore, C2C is described as “the full range of processes initiated by city institutions and civil society organisations engaging in international relations with the aim of representing themselves and their interests to one another” to develop cooperative actions to their mutual benefit and to tackle problems that in spite of their local character, could have originated elsewhere.
Drawn from the best practice example of Scottish and Croatian municipalities, this toolkit is a concrete solution for cooperation between municipalities. It goes without saying that they can always rely on the assistance and support provided by the Centre of Expertise.
The Centre of Expertise is planning to present the new toolkit in collaboration with ISIG, in Dubrovnik on 16 July, at the meeting dedicated to preparation of cooperation projects between Croatian and Scottish municipalities.