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

Mannheim

Chongqing

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Population

305,780

Area

145 km2

Mayor

Peter Kurz


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Population

30.17 million

Area

472.8 km2

Mayor

Tang Liangzhi


Topics

Inclusive and sustainable economic growthSmart cities and regional/urban innovation and competitiveness

Sustainable Development Goals

Description

In May 2017, Mannheim was selected to participate in the EU-funded International Urban Cooperation programme. The German city was paired with Chongqing, one of the largest cities in the world and a highly influential and active partner. As a result of their IUC cooperation, Mannheim and Chongqing have decided to establish a direct railway connection between their cities. Major companies have regularly expressed the need for such a railway, which would strengthen Mannheim as a logistics hub and contribute to sustainable development.

Implementation

A series of reciprocal visits have taken place, which included political meetings and discussions with business representatives. From the beginning, concrete needs and common challenges were expressed by both parties at the China Round Table meeting, which gave a general direction for further cooperation. Both parties have agreed to establish representative offices in each other’s cities, which will last far beyond the scope of the IUC cooperation period.

Through the continuous support of the IUC team, the European Commission and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People’s Republic of China, quick progress has been achieved, aided by efficient exchange and reciprocal visits. 

The IUC programme has also generated greater recognition of Mannheim’s China-related activities, leading to greater media coverage on the topic. As a result, Mannheim has received wide-spread international attention.

News

Mannheim signs MoU supporting goal of Chongqing freight connection

The 9 of July saw a significant development in the IUC pairing between the City of Mannheim (Germany) and the city of Chongqing (China), with Mannheim signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chongqing-ba ...

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