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City cooperation

The City of Vienna cooperates with target cities in a number of areas in order to consult and find common solutions.

See some of the key aspects of cooperation between cities below:

Vienna and Belgrade

mainly cooperate in the fields of urban planning, social housing, environmental protection and the construction of subways. There is know-how transfer on gender equality and the cooperation with the Port of Vienna. Further focal points are events in the framework of the European Strategy for the Danube Region. In order to mitigate the impact of the 2014 floodings, the City provided support for a number of Serbian towns in the form of financial aid and the donation of vehicles (firefighter and waste management vehicles of the City of Vienna). There have been Vienna Balls in Belgrade since 2012 and organizational as well as financial support for common Creative Europe Projects.

Vienna and Bratislava

place the main focus of cooperation on the CENTROPE Region. The inspection offices and crisis management departments of the two cities as well as the directors of the Magistrates are constantly in touch. There is a permanent cooperation agreement between Vienna and Bratislava. The City of Bratislava is Vienna's Twin City. The cities are connected by the fast-speed Twin City Liner. Several delegations from the Old Town district of Bratislava have visited Vienna over the past couple of years. They are interested in issues such as parking in the Vienna centre, traffic regulations as well as bicycle traffic and road maintenance. Bratislava is partner in the European Strategy for the Danube Region.

Vienna and Budapest

The administration of the enterprises of the City of Vienna and Vienna's special course taken in the field of environmental and animal protection are the focus areas of cooperation between Vienna and Budapest. Vienna counsels Budapest in city marketing and bicycle traffic, while there is additional cooperation with Vienna in terms of crisis management. The Danube connects the two cities in the framework of the European Strategy for the Danube Region. Vienna and Budapest have had a permanent cooperation agreement since 2002.

Vienna and Krakow

There is exchange between Krakow and Vienna in the fields of services in the general interest, urban planning, public city transport, urban refurbishment and revitalizing urban areas, arts in the public space, creative economy, communal housing and environmental protection. Security and crisis management are two additional areas of cooperation. Krakow consults Vienna in the fields of health, social policy, education, science and research. In 2000 the two cities concluded a cooperation agreement, which was renewed in 2017.

Vienna and Ljubljana

Cooperation between Vienna and Ljubljana primarily includes EU cooperation, parking area management, urban development and city planning. The two cities consult in social, educational, cultural and integration affairs, mainly in the conference series called "Wiener Dialogforum" initiated by Vienna's mayor, Michael Häupl. The events taking place as part of the European Strategy for the Danube Region constitute another focus area. There is a cooperation agreement between Vienna and Ljubljana since 1999. The mayors of the two cities exchange experiences on a regular basis. Ljubljana hosted the meeting of directors of Magistrates on the issue of sustainable mobility in 2013, and there have been joint arts and culture events in Vienna, Ljubljana and Trieste since 2014.

Vienna and Prague

inform each other regularly on the issues of Smart City, city planning, urban development, culture, Virtual Reality, social policy and traffic – an issue in which Vienna constitutes an example to Prague – as well as in crisis management. The cooperation with "Institute for City Planning and Development of the Prague Magistrate" is particularly vibrant. A further focal area is the intensive exchange at the level of the directors of Magistrates. The meeting of Central European directors of Magistrates discussed the issue of security in 2014. One night in February is governed by the three quarter time sound of the Prague Opera, creating the atmosphere of a Vienna ball night.

Vienna and Sarajevo

exchange experiences in the fields of modern administration and organisation, environmental and energy technologies, the film and media industry, waste management and crisis management. Vienna's extraordinary ways in social and youth policies, citizen participation and gender equality are of particular interest to Sarajevo. The City of Vienna supported the reconstruction of the Sarajevo town hall and participated in its re-inauguration in 2014. During the 2014 floodings Vienna provided financial emergency support to Bosnia Herzegovina.  

Vienna and Sofia

consult in the areas of parking area management, public transport, environmental technologies, Smart City, culture and education. At the district level, the Triadiza district of Sofia cooperates with the Alsergrund district. Sofia is also partner in the European Strategy for the Danube Region. There was a four-week trainee program for a Sofia expert on EU-funded projects in Vienna when Bulgaria entered the European Union in 2009. A joint VR Lab connects artists from Sofia and Vienna in the virtual space. Sofia is also represented in the Vienna Ball Night for many years now.

Vienna and Zagreb

The exchange of experiences between Vienna and Zagreb focusses on the environment, infrastructure, transport and culture as well as on know-how transfer in the field of urban administration. The latter is particularly reflected in the cooperation between the Vienna court of auditors and the Zagreb inspection office. The City of Zagreb also forms part of the European Strategy for the Danube Region and cooperates with Vienna in this area as well.

Meeting of directors of Magistrates

The annual meetings of the directors of Magistrates within the communication network are of particular importance. The meetings are featured by efforts to close cooperation and intensive know-how transfer and are dedicated to current issues such as challenges that have an impact on the future of cities.