Within the framework of Eurotowns specific objectives of strengthening dialogue between cities in different European regions and developing concrete actions and projects, Hasselt and Girona have had the opportunity to stimulate the cooperation of their mutual cultural partners. This collaboration was visualised for the first time on the occasion of the seminar held in Girona on 1st April 2017 “Contemporary art, a spur for the recuperation of creative spaces in cities”.
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The project “On Tour for Europe” was ended in march 2017 , within the Europe for Citizens program (Strand 2: Democratic Engagement and Civic Participation 2.2: Network of Towns) that saw the lead partner, the City of Hasselt, exchanging experiences with the cities of Reggio Emilia, Saint-Omer, Abegondo, Schiedam, Detmold, Kaunas, ORAIOKASTROU on a topic very close to those cities, as to say the participation in European political life in terms of job opportunities and youth entrepreneurship.
During the last week of september the members of the taskteam mobility met each other in Sweden. Mobility experts from Eskilstuna, Girona, Gävle and Hasselt shared their knowledge about local biking policy, with a special focus on monitoring of cyclists in the city. The cities of Ulm, Schiedam, Reggio Emilia and Detmold also showed their interest to participate but finally they could not assist at this specific meeting.
Halmstad has a population of about 98,000 and is located in one of Sweden’s most expansive regions.Varberg is situated on the west coast of Sweden in the county of Halland connecting Oslo and Gothenburg with Malmö and Copenhagen.
The city of Halmstad is more than 700 years old and is rich in history. Until 1658 the city was part of Denmark. Halmstad has a mixture of old and new buildings, and the Nissan river divides the city into an eastern and a western part.
Solingen is home to about 160.000 inhabitants. The city is located in the federate state of North Rhine- Westphalia (NRW) in the western part of Germany, about 35 km northeast of Cologne and about 30 km southeast of Düsseldorf, the capital of NRW. The airports Cologne/Bonn and Düsseldorf are just a 30 minute drive away.
Location and population
Detmold is located in the area of East Westphalia-Lippe in the north of the state North Rhine- Westphalia. With a population of 73.000 Detmold is the largest city in the county Lippe. Situated next to the Teutoburger Wald/ Eggegebirge you can also find the famous Hermanns Denkmal. The city region of Detmold stretches over 129 km² and is divided into 27 districts.