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Our Friends in Europe

The City Council was responsible for the establishment of a twinning links with Chartres, France, in February 1959 and Ravenna, Italy, in December 1996.

More recently, a twinning link was established with Speyer in Germany with the Speyer-Chichester agreement being signed in Speyer in December 2022 and the counterpart document being signed in Chichester in March 2023.

Image showing the coat of arms for Chartres, France
Coat of arms of Chartres, France
Image showing the coat of arms for Ravenna, Italy
Coat of arms of Ravenna, Italy
Speyer City coat of arms
Coat of arms of Speyer, Germany

The ethos of twinning is to promote friendly relations and to respect each others’ history, traditions and customs. Twinning activities are promoted by the City Council together with the Friends of Chartres, Friends of Ravenna and Friends of Speyer associations. Many long standing friendships have grown up over the years as a result of the twinning links.

The Council also has a friendship links with the German town of Marktredwitz and Kursk in Russia and Valletta in Malta.

Coat of arms - Kursk, Russia
Coat of arms of Kursk Oblast, Russia
Coat of arms - Valletta, Malta
Coat of arms of Valletta, Malta

In 2000 Chichester City Council were awarded the Plaque of Honour by the Council of Europe in recognition of the City’s efforts to propagate the idea of European unity.

The City Council was also awarded the Flag of Honour in 1994 and the European Diploma in 1993.

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