International co-operation between cities has never been more
necessary than now, as it is a source of important cultural, social
and technological innovations and a factor of peace and reconciliation.
By increasing co-operation activities and different forms of exchange
among cities in Europe new forms of creative partnerships are generated,
which may help to rebuild confidence, enthusiasm and trust in Europe.
Cities and European organisations of local authorities should
review bilateral and multilateral municipal relationships seeking
to redefine objectives, bring in new and younger people for the
management of co-operation activities, explore more sustainable
ways of financing these activities and involve a wide range of partners.
The European Union, in partnership with the Council of Europe
and UNESCO and in co-operation with European and international city
networks and organisations, are invited to promote the value of
city-to-city co-operation in the field of culture and democracy.
Examples of good practice should be more widely disseminated to
assist cities in developing city-to-city co-operation taking account
of principles laid down in the Faro Convention.