City Partnerships

Cities are places of knowledge, where experiences are consolidated, solutions are found, and where we learn from good as well as bad projects. Berlin has ties with metropolitan cities around the entire world. Together we exchange our experiences with and views on urban challenges, innovative ideas, smart concepts, participative structures, and sustainable solutions. In doing so, we learn from others and then share these experiences in European and international networks. In accordance with contractual city-partnerships and other memorandums, Berlin maintains relationships with 17 cities.

The Senate Department for the Environment, Urban Mobility, Consumer Protection and Climate Action maintains close ties with metropolitan cities and continuously develops cooperation with other large cities.

The cooperation involves intense exchanges in specific policy areas at joint events, seminars, workshops, and reciprocal visits and study trips from the political leadership and specialist directorates.

The administrative exchange of employees with the various other administrations of Berlin’s partner cities plays a particularly important role. From 2012 until 2014, the EU and International Affairs Unit initiated and evaluated a pilot project for administrative exchange with the city administrations of the European capitals Helsinki, Paris, Warsaw, Vienna and Amsterdam. The pilot project named European City Exchange – Move your Mind (MYM for short) was part of the ERASMUS subprogram Leonardo da Vinci, which the EU Commission rated an outstanding project. These exchanges – which lasted several months – furthered collective European thinking and intensified the cooperation amongst the cities. After the program ended, Berlin’s Senate Departments and districts, which had undergone European exchanges in the past, successfully achieved the continuation of the format of job shadowing. Employees of the Senate Department for the Environment, Urban Mobility, Consumer Protection and Climate Action now take part in job shadowing as part of the project “European Administration Exchange”.

Our partner cities are also invited to send their employees to Berlin as part of their own programs.