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City Partnership London

London: Luftaufnahme Innenstadt
The city of London
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Berlin’s city partnership with London was founded in a joint declaration by both cities on 10 October 2000, after the reestablishment of the Greater London Authority. Prior to that, the city was only a loose conglomeration of individual boroughs on the administrative and political level, which meant that no official city partnership was possible. As the capital of an ally and German partner country, however, London was one of the new German capital’s most important partners.

Along with traditional administrative cooperation, the London-Berlin partnership concentrates on exchange in the area of youth, sports, internal security, environmental protection, and traffic and transportation.
One example of exchange is the regular participation of young designers from Berlin in the London Design Festival and London Fashion Week, as well as the involvement of London designers in Berlin Fashion Week.

Berlin’s publishing houses are regularly represented at the London Book Fair with a joint stand, where they showcase Berlin’s young literary scene.
A significant part of our cooperation is exchange in the area of juvenile crime and the rehabilitation of young female offenders, issues that are of equal importance to London and Berlin. Many different seminars for specialists have already been held; these focus on the shared search for ideas and solutions for prevention and rehabilitation.

In addition, Berlin and London are very active partners in the C40 climate alliance and are working together in this international city organization to find sustainable solutions to global warming.

In 2018 Governing Mayor Müller’s visit to London and Mayor Kahn’s visit to Berlin were two of the highlights of our cooperation. Along with Mayor Carmena of Madrid and Governing Mayor Müller, Mayor Khan took part in a panel discussion held in Berlin on the challenges faced by metropolises against the backdrop of Brexit, migration, and integration.

On 4 March 2019, London’s Deputy Mayor Rajesh Agrawal opened a new office of the London trade, investment, and promotion agency London & Partners in Berlin to set an example in the face of Brexit and to mitigate the worst of its economic impact.

In addition, Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller took part in the 8th EU Capital City Mayors Meeting in London from 24 to 25 June 2019. The mayors of 12 European capital cities gathered here to discuss the challenges of climate change, global changes, and growing rightwing populism.
Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic made it impossible for Berlin and London to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their city partnership with events held in person. As a result, on Berlin’s initiative, the mayors of both cities, London & Partners, and Berlin Partner for Business and Technology decided to hold a half-day event online instead that was designed to provide comprehensive information on both the consequences of Brexit and opportunities for continuing our cooperation in the future.

Governing Mayor Michael Müller and Mayor Sadiq Khan reported on the dynamic economic regions and particular strengths of the two cities. Watch the conversation between the CEOs of London & Partners and Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, Laura Citron and Dr. Stefan Franzke, who venture a look into the future and reaffirm the partnership between the two business promotion agencies.

The coronavirus crisis has essentially ended any in-person exchange between the two cities for the time being. Countless joint projects had been planned, and these had to be cancelled or postponed. At the same time, however, the pandemic has offered an opportunity to try out innovations. The mayors of Berlin’s partner cities now meet regularly in videoconferences to discuss measures and approaches taken by the cities to respond to the pandemic. In addition, they exchange questionnaires that are also designed to identify the lessons of the crisis.

You can find out more about planned activities and events under News. Past events are listed under Retrospective.