Othe Country Twinning Committee
A first contact between Aix-en-Othe and our comrades from across the Rhine…
The origin of relations between Aix-en-Othe and Neresheim, a small town in Baden-Wuerttemberg, located on the edge of Bavaria, in the Souabe Jura, about 50 km north of Ulm and 700 km from Aix-en-Othe, dates back to the 1980s.
It was at this point that the college of Othe and Vanne began to forge friendly ties with its counterpart, the Neresheim School, on the occasion of the language exchanges. This pairing has been very successful and is has become a real institution. In the Land of Othe, one might think hundreds of young people (now adults) have been able to take advantage of these Franco-German rapprochements. in order to that all these efforts are coming to an end, it has become apparent to some that it was time to institutionalize, at the adult level, what the young people had been able to build so well.
The creation of an Aix-en-Othe Twinning Committee took place in 1994. Its first action was to formalize these privileged relations by signing a charter between the mayors of the two municipalities. This charter was signed on Saturday, June 15, 1996.
… before expanding to the whole of the Land of Othe…
A few years later, the Twinning Committee was transformed into a Twinning Committee of the Land of Othe, which allowed it to host the municipalities of Bérulle, Estissac, Maraye-en-Othe, Neuville-sur-Vanne, Nogent-en-Othe, Paisy-Cosdon, Pâlis, Planty, Rigny-le-Ferron, Saint-Benoist-sur-Vanne, Saint-Mards-en-Othe, Villemaur, Villemoiron and Vulaines.
Initially, the Committee's essential role was to connect the French and German associations and to promote their meetings, helping to solve the problems generally due to the remoteness.
It has expanded and, since then, other links have been forged: first with Bagnacavallo, the twin Italian town of Neresheim, then with Strzyzow, Poland, on the occasion of a school project and finally with Stone, in England, which maintains cooperative relations with our friends Italian.
In 2012, the Committee became a delegate of the Community of Commons in the Land of Othe Aixois.
… to grow in size!
The Community of Communes of the Land of Othe Aixois has acquired the competence "International Relations and Decentralised Cooperation". This led to a twinning that relied on a larger population against Neresheim (8,000 hab.) and Bagnacavallo (16,000 hab.). The twinning that was concluded on 9 June was concluded between Bagnacavallo and the Community of Communes of the Land of Othe Aixois (CCPOA).
The municipalities of Estissac and Neuville-sur-Vanne, which have supported the Twinning Committee since its inception, retain, of course, their full place on the committee.
An agreement of objectives has been signed between the Community of Commons and the Committee to act on the delegation of the management of the Twinnings.
Pairing between chaource and Epperthausen township
In 1987, the first contacts were made for a Franco-German twinning with the city of Eppertausen.
The first trip of the elected representatives of Chaourçois on 19 and 20 December 1987 ahead of the creation of the Twinning Committee in January 1990. This committee organized various gatherings in both cities before to culminate in the official twinning ceremony of the canton of Chaource with the town of Epperthausen, on 7 October 1990 in Chaource.
Since then, French and German have met regularly for various festivities including the famous market of Saint Catherine, thus continuing to ink in history the Franco-German friendship.
Armance Val Twinning Committee with the City of Stoumont
This association aims, by promoting the principles of the charter of the World Federation of Twin Cities – United Cities proclaimed by mayors and delegates of local authorities and delegates of twinning committees, to develop in all relations and exchanges between the Community of Municipalities of the Val d'Armance and the Municipal Entity of Stoumont (Belgium).
Its concrete objectives:
- Facilitate encounters, understanding and mutual knowledge.
- Allow direct cooperative actions.
- Develop friendship between the inhabitants.