Education, sport, tourism, monument protection – these are the primary fields of co-operation betweenWroclawandOxford. ‘The list of our joint activities is not closed – we hope for the constant supply of new ideas of how to make the best use of the partnership of our cities,’ stress the mayors.
Searching for a twin city
The proposal of entering into partnership was put forward byOxford’s delegation during its visit toWroclawin spring this year. The authorities of the English city had been looking for a twin centre on the continent in order to reduce the consequences of Brexit through co-operation on the local level.
On 13th September, the Wroclaw City Council unanimously accepted the agreement. On Wednesday 3rd October, the mayor ofWroclaw and the deputy mayor ofOxford signed a partnership agreement in the City Hall.
‘During the meeting with the deputy mayor ofOxford, we were discovering the similarities between our cities. Both cities think that their academic offer is the most important,’ said Rafał Dutkiewicz, Mayor of Wroclaw.
Sajjad Malik: ‘We hope for co-operation in many fields. Of course, the most important one involves students, but we also look forward to maintaining relations in the fields of sport, tourism and monument protection.
Oxford will be the 15th twin city of Wroclaw alongside: Breda (Netherlands), Charlotte (USA), Dresden (Germany), Grodno (Belarus, partnership suspended) Guadalajara (Mexico), Hradec Králové (Czech Republic), Kaunas (Lithuania), Lille (France), Lviv (Ukraine), Ramat Gan (Israel), Reykjavík (Iceland), Wiesbaden (Germany), Vilnius (Lithuania) and Vienne (France).