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The Douzelage
Douzelage
is a town twinning association with one town from each of the member states of the European Union.[1] The name is a portmanteau of the French words "douze" for twelve and "jumelage" for twinning and stands for the twelve founder members, one for each European Union
European Union
member state in 1991, when the Douzelage Charter was signed in Granville, France.[1] Although the membership of the EU, and of the association, has grown, the name Douzelage
Douzelage
has been kept unchanged.[1]

Contents

1 Aims and organisation 2 Members 3 References 4 External links

Aims and organisation[edit] The aims of the Douzelage
Douzelage
are to promote and foster the spirit of Europe and to establish among others educational, economic, tourist, sporting and cultural links between the towns for the mutual benefit of the inhabitants thereof. Douzelage
Douzelage
is chaired by a president and two vice-presidents, all elected for a period of three years. The official language used is English, partially also French.[1] The Douzelage
Douzelage
movement received European recognition in 1993 when it was honoured by the European Commission
European Commission
with the "Golden Stars of Twinning".[1] Members[edit] The original 12 founding members were:

Altea, Spain Bad Kötzting, Germany Bellagio, Italy Bundoran, Ireland Granville, France Holstebro, Denmark Houffalize, Belgium Meerssen, Netherlands Niederanven, Luxembourg Preveza, Greece Sesimbra, Portugal Sherborne, England, United Kingdom

Towns that joined later are:

Karkkila, Finland
Finland
(1997-2016) Oxelösund, Sweden
Sweden
(1998) Judenburg, Austria
Austria
(1999)

In a first step of further expansion, five new towns joined the Douzelage
Douzelage
in harmony with the European enlargement process:

Chojna, Poland
Poland
(2004) Kőszeg, Hungary
Hungary
(2004) Sigulda, Latvia
Latvia
(2004) Sušice, Czech Republic
Czech Republic
(2004) Türi, Estonia
Estonia
(2004)

Since 2007, eight further towns have joined the organisation:

Zvolen, Slovakia
Slovakia
(2007) Prienai, Lithuania
Lithuania
(2008) Marsaskala, Malta
Malta
(2009) Siret, Romania
Romania
(2010) Agros, Cyprus
Cyprus
(2011) Škofja Loka, Slovenia
Slovenia
(2011) Tryavna, Bulgaria
Bulgaria
(2011) Rovinj, Croatia
Croatia
(2016)

In 2016 Finland
Finland
changed its member:

Asikkala, Finland
Finland
(2016)

References[edit]

Notes

^ a b c d e "Douzelage.eu: Home". www.douzelage.eu. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 

External links[edit]

Douzelage
Douzelage
homepage

v t e

European Union: Members of the town twinning "Douzelage"

Current members

Agros Altea Asikkala Bad Kötzting Bellagio Bundoran Chojna Granville Holstebro Houffalize Judenburg Kőszeg Marsaskala Meerssen Niederanven Oxelösund Preveza Prienai Rovinj Sesimbra Sherborne Sigulda Siret Škofja Loka Sušice Tryavna Türi Zvolen

Former members

Karkkila
Karkkila
(1997-2016)

v t e

European Union articles

History

Timeline

Pre-1945 1945–57 1958–72 1973–93 1993–2004 Since 2004

Predecessors

Timeline Founders European Coal and Steel Community
European Coal and Steel Community
(1951–2002) European Economic Community
European Economic Community
(1958–1993/2009) Euratom (1958–present) European Communities
European Communities
(1967–1993/2009) Justice and Home Affairs (1993–2009)

Geography

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Special
territories

Politics

Institutions

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Agencies

Banking Border and coast security (Frontex) Disease prevention and control Environment Foreign affairs (External Action Service) Judicial cooperation (Eurojust) Law enforcement cooperation (Europol) Maritime safety Reconstruction

Law

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Citizens’ Rights Directive

Enhanced cooperation Environmental policy Four freedoms

labour mobility

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opt-outs

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Politics

Elections

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Enlargement

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Economy

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Culture

Citizenship

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