Kiskunhalas

Introduction


The idea of town twinning was first thought of in Europe after the Second World War. The peoples of the continent felt the need to come closer to one another, to cooperate to re-establish peace, and to build good neighbourly relationships. Today, after more than fifty years, the institution European town twinning has grown into a richly diverse movement with a well-organized network, which links communities from countless countries.

The initial steps towards an official relationship between Kiskunhalas and its first twin town, Kanjiža (in the former Yugoslavia), were taken in 1967. In 1994, five years after Hungary’s political reforms, our town was twinned with Kronach in Germany and Nowy Sącz in Poland. In 1997 a partnership was formed with Sfântu Georghe in Romania, and in 1998 with Hódmezővásárhely (Hungary). In 2001 the local councils of Subotica (Republic of Serbia) and Kiskunhalas agreed upon a programme of cultural collaboration in order to further strengthen the friendship between their two towns.

The links between Kiskunhalas and its twin towns are growing stronger and stronger from year to year. Besides cultural connections, several primary and secondary schools foster their own relationships. In the recent past, the development of economic cooperation has also become worthy of note. The most important event of 2002 was the Kronach Garden Festival, where Kiskunhalas was able to exhibit for half a year.

Our town has twice been officially recognised by the Council of Europe for the success of its twin town activities. In 1999 Kiskunhalas was awarded a European Diploma for its promotion of culture and student exchange programmes. Two years later, in 2001, the town received the Council’s Flag of Honour in recognition of its endeavours to encourage a European way of thinking and to support a harmonious and united Europe.