City-to-City pairings

City-to-city pairings

Through the IUC programme, cities and regions across Europe have entered into partnerships on sustainable development with counterparts from around the globe. For a full list of city pairings so far, see the table below:

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Country
EU City
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Paired city
Country

Albacete

Río Grande

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Population

172 816

Area

1125.9 km2

Mayor

Manuel Serrano


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Population

120 500

Area

12 181 km2

Mayor

Gustavo Melella


Topics

Education, jobs and skills in the local economyWater, waste management and sanitation

Sustainable Development Goals


Description

In addition to solid waste management, the pairing are focusing on enhancing the share of renewable energy through creating an action plan for wind and solar energy. The pairing will also jointly create a tourism development plan.

They are also the creation of ICT Start-ups by using the business incubator integrated acceleration model.

Implementation

The city of Albacete will transfer the European Business Innovation Centre model to Rio Grande. The final objective of the incubator is to promote the creation of new companies, especially those who are innovative according to the local and regional standards. BIC Rio Grande and BIC Albacete should strength their cooperation through EU project. ICT Start up in Rio Grande promoting the internationalization of starts up favoring the relationship with Albacete’s SMEs and start-ups.

Implementation of Solar Panels for Self-supply in Rio Grande. Based on the experience of Albacete and the development of a green model for Rio Grande by a private company from Albacete.

An expert in the field of tourism will develop a Regional Strategy for both cities and will identify the best products offered. Once the Strategy is developed, the cities have to be able to implement it at regional level.