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Organization "Christmas festival" 

On December 09, 2016 n the eve of Christmas and New year the "Christmas festival" was organized with the support of city administration and the Center of youth policy of the sister city. Opening ceremony of a 15-meter Christmas tree held in the framework of the event. The mayor of the municipality of Pazardzhik Todor Popov, as well as famous artists of Bulgaria participated in it. Entertainment for children, concerts, Christmas fairs is planned in the program of the festival.

National contest of agricultural machinery

II national contest of intelligent agricultural technology among students was held in University of Jiangsu city of Zhenjiang on 4 December. About 40 representatives of colleges and universities from across the country participated in the event. Mini enterprises, equipment, three-dimensional structures for the cultivation of fruit trees, plants and strawberries developed by students were presented during the competition.

Forum of the Armenian-French cooperation

The III Forum of the Armenian-French decentralized cooperation took place in sister city of Yerevan. The authorities of Armenia and France, as well as more than a dozen French cities participated in the event. The meeting-discussion on the topics of education and Francophonie, urbanism and urban infrastructure, tourism and agriculture held in the framework of the forum. Prospects for cooperation between the local authorities of the two countries, as well as increasing interest in the French language by means of new technologies considered in the working groups. 

Achievements in the field of tourism 

City County Liyang city Changzhou was awarded the title of "the Most beautiful Chinese resort" during the conference "a New era of tourism in China in 2016" (Shanghai). The decision of the organizing Committee of the conference was based on the results of special surveys and online voting about the level of meet the needs of tourists, as well as comprehensive resource analysis. Liyang is recognized as the national outstanding tourist destination with a rich history and culture, unique natural resources and geographical position and developed industry of tourism.  


The holding of business forum in Pazardzhik

Business forum "European funding for business" held in Pazardzhik on 1 December 2016. The Bulgarian members of the European Parliament, representatives of the real sector of the economy of city and region, various experts took part in the event. During the forum, they discussed the possible financing of the Bulgarian business in the framework of European programs.

Participation in the national fencing tournament

National fencing tournament "Chocolate" for children aged 11 to 15 years held in Sofia (Republic of Bulgaria) on 27 November. Representatives of sports club "Pentathlon" the sister city of Pazardzhik worthy performed in the course of the competition. They are awarded on the results of the silver medals.

Preparation for Christmas holidays in Bezier's city

Within work on preparation for Christmas holidays in six various regions of sister city of Bezier trade pavilions were opened. There it is possible to purchase a candy store and souvenirs, Christmas-tree decorations, and also various gifts. The charitable Christmas running on city streets with a general extent of 8 km will be held on December 16. The raised funds will be allocated for the help to the Syrian sister city – Maaloula.

Visit of the Stavropol group of pupils and teachers to the sister city of Zhenjiang 

during the period from December 01 to December 03, 2016 within implementation of the Agreement on establishment of friendly twinning communications the group of pupils and teachers of a gymnasium No. 24 of Stavropol visited the sister city of Zhenjiang. The Stavropol school students took part in lessons and master classes of calligraphy of Zhenjiang high school No. 3. Meeting with representatives of the Department of international relations of Zhenjiang municipality were organized. The extensive excursion program for acquaintance with culture and sights of China is organized.

Achievements of the city of Yerevan in the field of design 

Professional competition of National Association of surveyors and designers for the best innovative project in 2016 held in Moscow on November 18. About 200 applications were submitted, including a plan of educational and sports complex of JSC "Yerevanproject" of Yerevan municipality. The site plan took 1st place in the nominations "the Best project of the multifunctional complex" and "the Best project of the object in the field of education". President of National Association of surveyors and designers, people's architect of Russia's Mikhail Posokhin presented the prizes and diplomas to the representatives of JSC "Yerevanproject".

Holding charity events in the sister city Changzhou

For the purpose of improving the living standards of elderly people living alone in the sister city the charity event was held. It is organized by TV and radio station of Changzhou. Within the action a walk took place, representatives of local government bodies and business, and also inhabitants and city visitors participated in it. Following the results of the share more than 155 thousand yuans for persons of old age were succeeded to collect.  It is worth noting that in the past year thanks to such measures about 700 persons in this category received assistance.


The program of the holiday events in the city of Pazardzhik

During the press conference, the mayor of the sister city of Pazardzhik Todor Popov presented the developed program of pre-holiday events "Christmas in Pazardzhik". The opening of the city Christmas tree, concerts, performances, activities and entertainment for children will be organized in the framework of the program. The Council of youth initiatives of the city of Pazardzhik assists in the implementation of the program.

Creation of fund in sister city Pazardzhik

The Entrepreneur Association of sister city of Pazardzhik created special fund of a financial support of exceptional children for achievements in the science, culture and sport fields. The fund accepts requests for receipt of a grant both from individuals, and from various associations and collectives. By results of consideration Council of fund awards young people for progress at the regional, national or international levels. Cash bonuses will constitute from 500 to 2000 Bulgarian levas.

Cultural action in Bezier

During the period from November 14 to November 26 the XXI Orb Salon is organized by the art association of the same name and is carried out in the House of associations of the sister city of Bezier. Painting, a sculpture, art photos are presented to expositions of Salon. At the end of the event participants in various categories will be awarded prizes.

International exhibition in the sister city of Zhenjiang

In the period from 28 to 29 November 2016 municipal people's government of Zhenjiang organizes Forum on new low-carbon economy and the First international trade fair of low-carbon technologies "Tech Expo – 2016". Sessions concerning creation of the environmentally safe city, seminars, meetings of experts groups, the projects presentations, technologies and products exhibitions will take place within the actions. Discussion of development of the low-carbon industry, and also promotion of technologies and products in this industry is supposed. Participation representatives of foreign countries and also heads of national and foreign industry companies is planned.

"Yerevan festival of external advertizing 2016" 

At the initiative of Yerevan city administration the "Yerevan festival of external advertizing 2016" for the first time was held during the period from November 20 to November 25, 2016. The action purpose - to promote development of an advertizing industry in the region, and also to implementation of the best international experiment in this direction. Representatives of world advertizing agencies, the leading foreign experts, and also the best specialists in the field of external advertizing participated in a festival. The conference, master classes, and also a forum with participation of representatives of telecommunication and bank spheres were held during the action. Modern approaches to creation of marketing materials, innovations in outdoor advertizing, and also a creativity role in public lighting were discussed. Within the ceremony of closing of a festival rewarding of the best models of advertizing in various nominations took place.

Assessment of service industry in Chandzhou

According to researches of Jiangsu Provincial Quality Supervision Bureau and comprehensive index of public satisfaction, Changzhou ranked second in the «Top-10 of the best cities on service industry development - 2016». The analysis took into account the quality of services: home improvement, elderly care, socio-economic sphere, etc. Among them, Changzhou’s kindergarten education satisfaction rating ranked first in Jiangsu.


The preservation of the historical heritage of the city of Beziers

In order to preserve the historical heritage Bezier city administration bought the building the ancient chapel of "Bon Pasteur". The chapel was built in 1860 and is of particular importance for the history of the city: the part played by well known sculptor Antonin Injalbert, a native of Beziers. This is exam work when it arrives at the Paris fine arts school. For a long time the building was used as school hall.

The establishment of twinning 

8 November the Vice mayor Fang Guoqiang city Changzhou met with the Chairman of the Committee on Commerce and consumer protection city of Johor Bahru (Malaysia). They signed Agreements on trade-economic and socio-cultural cooperation. A Malaysian city is the third largest in the country and plays an important role in ensuring the economic well-being of the population of the entire state. The sides discussed priority directions of twinning relations development and they are ready for mutually beneficial cooperation.

International cooperation

In the framework of the program of cooperation between Yerevan and Lyon (France), as well as to exchange experience in the sphere of municipal economy, an official delegation of the sister city visited the French city from 7 to 14 November. For representatives of local authorities of the Armenian capital meetings and visits to urban sites were organised. Guests considered questions of work planning on Lyon gardening, the strategy of investment attraction, system of transport, management of objects of the world heritage. Also members of delegation participated in the military parade organized on the occasion of the holiday symbolizing the end of World War I.

Creation of a science and technology Park

In the first decade of November the representatives of local authorities met with leaders of the cultural and scientific centre of the district Cinco, youth and the Internet community of Zhenjiang. During the meeting the parties considered issues of education and culture, the prospects of innovative development with the involvement of youth, the problems of cultural heritage preservation and development and measures to support small and medium businesses. It was as a result decided to create the scientific and technological Park with assistance of representatives of real economy sector. Implementation of the latest projects in the sphere of virtual reality, use of innovative technologies, and also assistance to employment of perspective youth of the city is planned on base of science and technology park.

Global entrepreneurship week in the sister city Pazardzhik 

In the period from 14 to 20 November 2016 global entrepreneurship week is held in Pazardzhik. This large-scale international project, in which representatives of 160 countries will take part. The project aims at the development of entrepreneurial potential of young people. In the framework of the project November 17 campaign "Manager for a day". Sixteen students of the sister city held the positions of Mayor, Deputy, Secretary hall, as well as responsible positions in the State archival Agency, the United Bulgarian Bank, the Center for career orientation. One participant took up a leadership position in the Central office of "Siemens" in Sofia. Lectures and practical classes on the theme "My place in the world of professions" will also be organized in the framework of global entrepreneurship week.


 The results of the contest "Fashion Week Bulgaria"

National fashion House of the Republic of Bulgaria organized the contest "Fashion Week Bulgaria". About 50 experts on photography from all over the country participated in the event. A talented photographer, a resident of the sister city of Pazardzhik, Maria Barakova-Radeva won first place in the nomination "Fashion photographer". The results of the competition the city of Pazardzhik was awarded the diploma "The Most stylish city in Bulgaria".

The improvement of the city of Beziers

In Bezier's city works on improvement are continued. After reconstruction of the upper part of Avenues of Paul Ric the downtown became more well-groomed. The pedestrian area was paved with limestone and porphyry, stone vases for flowers installed, a ramp and multi-level transition were created. Besides, on November 09 the restored Lafayette Galleries were opened in the central part of Bezier. Galleries are one of the first shopping centers established in France in the nineteenth century. Thanks to the efforts of Beziers’ municipality, an ancient building of the Galleries have managed to retain in municipal ownership.

Results of the Tourism forum

Tourism forum and awards ceremony of the contest "Most beautiful China - 2016" was held in Guizhou (China). According to the results of Zhenjiang city recognized as the best in the nomination "The Most Beautiful Tourist Destination in China-2016." More than 300 tourist companies, investors and tourist representatives took part in event and talked about how to promote China’s tourist industry and service.

 Days of St. Petersburg in Yerevan

Due to the carrying out on November 10 and 11 "Days of St. Petersburg in Yerevan" the delegation headed by the vice governor of St. Petersburg arrived to the capital of Armenia. The forum concerning a bilateral cooperation took place within implementation of a cultural event, exhibitions and other cultural events were organized. Investment opportunities of sister cities are provided during the "a round table" concerning a trade and economic cooperation.

Celebration of the 85 anniversary of the history museum in Yerevan

The mayor Taron Margaryan participated in the ceremony dated for the 85 anniversary of the museum of history of the city of Yerevan and the 15 anniversary of the museum of Karen Demirchyan. The short films devoted to creation and activity of the museums were presented during the action. The collection of scientific articles "Yerevan 4" presented. Within the ceremony several employees of institutions were awarded diplomas for significant contribution to the development of museums. The Yerevan history museum was awarded by the commemorative medal "Arms of Yerevan" which will find the place of honor in the museum and will become 96700 exhibit.

 Аrt fair in Changzhou

The 2nd International Art Fair was opened in Changzhou in which more than 260 art’ entities and organizations from the different world countries participated in it. Traditional and modern crafts of the different people were presented at the exhibition. Numerous exhibits are placed on the area about 15 thousand sq.m. Active policy of Changzhou municipal people's government in the culture field helped to increase GDP in this sector to 5.8%. Sister city occupies a worthy place among the main cities of China.


Events dedicated to the Day of the Bulgarian enlighteners
Events dedicated to the Day of the Bulgarian enlighteners held under the auspices of the municipality of Pazardzhik. A torchlight procession was organized. It began near the monument of the famous Bulgarian revolutionaries Vasil Levski and Hristo Botev, supported the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman yoke. The participants carried portraits of Bulgarian revolutionaries and flowers along the main street of Pazardzhik, laid flowers to the monument of SV. Cyril and Methodius. The actors of the city performed the words of the famous Bulgarian figures. A festive concert was held at the city hall of Georgi Atanasov.

Gastronomic actions in Bezier's city

During the period from November, 2016 to June of next year the gastronomic evenings of "Nocturne des Halles" devoted to wine tasting and foodstuff of last summer will be organized weekly in a market complex of the city of Bezier. Local products, the Iberian products from smoked meat, traditional Spanish snack, wine of the region of Bezier will be provided to citizens and guests of sister city. The program of actions includes musical representations.

Zhenjiang Chrysanthemum Show
The chrysanthemum festival opened in the sister city and will run for one month in one of the recreational areas of Zhenjiang - in Beigu Mountain Scenic area. Visitors to the event will see over 70 world-renowned data varieties of flowers grown chief gardener of the city, Mr. Yu Xuelong.

Achievements in the field of protection of intellectual property rights
In 2016, Zhenjiang City was recognized as the best in providing services for the protection of intellectual property rights. In this regard, a seminar to promote good practices of sister cities took place on November 2nd. The event was attended by more than 200 representatives of authorities and business community of the cities of China.

The Days of Moscow in Yerevan
On 28-29 October, the official delegation of the city of Moscow arrived in the Armenian capital in the framework of the initiative "Days of Moscow in Yerevan". During the meeting the representatives of the Government, Duma and the branch departments of the partner cities with the mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan discussed prospects of cooperation between the capitals, noted the cordial friendly relations between two peoples, as well as a willingness to strengthen and deepen bilateral relations. The extensive program of events included a forum of business cooperation to government and business representatives in Moscow and Yerevan, "round table" on the development of tourism between the partner cities. Gala concert with the participation of the Moscow groups, children and youth all-round game, judo and chess, which was attended by Russian and Armenian teams were organized in the course of implementation of the initiative "Days of Moscow in Yerevan."

New project in the health sector in Changzhou
Sister city Changzhou was one of the first pilot cities to establish a medical center for processing and the effective use of specialized information "Big data healthcare." In accordance with modern trends in the development of technology this project is an information platform and designed to modernize the health sector through integration of all subjects-participants: national, provincial, municipal and other medical institutions. The project will include a support system of doctors and pharmacists (clinical solutions, disease diagnosis, drug development), resources for telemedicine and medical equipment development, etc.


Conference on youth employment
Conference on the implementation of the project "New opportunity for youth employment", funded by the EU program "Human resources development 2014 – 2020" was held in Pazardzhik on October 27. The aim of the conference is the establishment of direct contacts between young people in the job search, and representatives of the business community of the region. Meetings with the Minister of education of the Republic of Bulgaria Miglena Kuneva, heads of vocational schools and representatives of business circles were organized. They discussed issues of further improving the quality of education and prospects of business cooperation.

Celebration of the Day of People's adherents
Annually on November 1 Bulgaria marks the Day of People's adherents – the liberation movement against the Ottoman yoke. Lecture topic: "The Leaders of the Renaissance and the personality of Stanislav Dospevski" will be organized on this day. Also in the House-Museum and art gallery named St. Depovski exposure will take place on relevant topics.

Cooperation in the field of use of renewable energy resources
The municipality of Béziers and the company "Quadran" entered into a mutually beneficial agreement. In accordance with the terms the company placed 30 of the photovoltaic elements in the parking of city sports facility. Placement of solar batteries by representatives of private business allowed to provide production of "green" energy in the amount sufficient for consumption more than 5 thousand residents. Also it provide to create a roofing covering for this object which was reconstructed recently. The volume of company investment into the project constituted more than 7,7 million euro. Also annually during the term of the agreement (22 years) payments of the company in the amount of 10 thousand euro will arrive in the local authority budget.

International conference in the sister city of Zhenjiang
The international conference application of innovative technologies in the field of physics was held from October 23 to 25 in Jiangsu University. Program activity  included sessions and reporting to participants. The conference was attended by more than 300 experts from Switzerland, Singapore and France and other countries. Discussed the scientific achievements and directions of development in this sphere.

Reception of science representatives in the Yerevan city hall
Within holding a scientific conference the mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan met  the director of the Joint Institute of Nuclear Researches Victor Matveev and the world famous Armenian scientist Yury Oganesyan. During the meeting they discussed the latest technologies in the field of physics, and also an essential role of institute at the international level. Have noted the considerable scientific capacity of the organization: on the basis of institute six head elements were opened. Besides, the famous scientist and the employee of institute Yury Oganesyan made a significant contribution to the discovery of the 118th element of the table of Mendeleyev - "Oganesson" named in honor of the scientist. The name element will be officially appropriated on November 8, 2016.

Development of an interregional cooperation of the city-pobratma of Chandzhou
Following the results of signing the Memorandum of understanding between the Jiangsu Province and Macau (People's Republic of China) – the former Portuguese colony, the decision on created of the Park cooperation in the city of Chandzhou was made on October 21. The object oriented to development of a multidimensional interregional cooperation, including maintenance and support of business projects of Macau in the territory of sister city. In addition, on the basis of the Park the retraining and practice of government employees will be organized.


The construction of the reservoir in Pazardzhik region
The construction of the reservoir "Luda Yana" will be begun on October 25, 2016 in order to provide uninterrupted supply of drinking water to residents of Pazardzhik region. Minister of Regional Development and Public Works of Bulgaria Lilyana Pavlova took part ft the opening of the construction. The reservoir with volume of 20 million of cubic meter will provide drinking water to more than 45 thousand people. In addition the reservoir will help to protect against floods and will have a beneficial effect on the climate of the region. The construction period is around 900 days.

The athletic race in the city of Pazardzhik
With financial support from the City Hall of Community Pazardzhik the traditional athletic race "Golden Autumn" was held in the park "Svoboda" of the sister city on October 20, 2016. The event was attended by students of 5-12 grades of Pazardzhik schools. The winners were awarded with medals and cups, diplomas and valuable prizes.

The creation of frescoes in Beziers
Frescoes-optical illusions created by Patrick Kommesi, enliven Béziers city center. In addition to the fact that they popularize historical heritage of the city and look very realistic frescoes, placed on the facades of buildings, became the reason for the creation of new tourist route through the streets of the sister city.
Three frescoes, dedicated to the memory of the famous sculptor Antonin Inzhalbera, a native of Beziers, winegrowers uprising of 1907, as well as the famous composer Camille Saint-Saëns will appear in the city in this year.
Also new frescoes, dedicated to famous citizens as well as history of Béziers will appear in 2017 year.

The World Food Day in Zhenjiang
On October 16, 2016 in the framework of celebration of 36th “World Food Day” Mr. Hu Yongxin, the president of Jiangsu Yongyou Grain and Oil Group, as well as an alumnus of Jiangsu University of Science and Technology donated RMB 10 million ( about 1.5 million USD) to building an Institute of Food. A cooperative agreement, which involved in ways of cooperation, school scale, philosophy of schooling, personnel training and students employment was signed.

The International Marathon in Zhenjiang
On October 16? 2016 the International Marathon started in New Area of  Zhenjiang. Dozens of international runners from Russia, Kenya, Cameroon, Ghana, US, Germany, UAE, Australia and Swiss participated in the event. It should be noted, that it is the second Marathon in Zhenjiang, participants increased from 10 thousands to 15 thousands.

The delegation of the sister city of Yerevan visited Riga
Yerevan official delegation headed by the Mayor of the sister city Taron Margaryan visited the city of Riga (Republic of Latvia). During the visit the delegation met with the Mayor of Riga Nil Ushakov, representatives of the local Armenian community and discussed the prospects of further development of friendly relations between the cities and expansion of cooperation programs. Also members of the official delegation took part in the opening ceremony of the park "Yerevan", equipped with a modern children’s and sports grounds.

The delegation from Pori (Finland) visited Changzhou
Within the framework of the Agreement on establishment of friendly sister cities relations on October 14 this year Vice Mayor Fang Guoqiang met with the delegation headed by Aino-Maija, Mayor of Pori, Satakunta, Finland. The prospects of mutual humanitarian cooperation between Satakunta University of Applied Sciences and Changzhou University, as well as programs of international summer camps, cultural exchanges in 2017 year were discussed during the reception.


The celebration of the Day of the Bulgarian community in Pazardzhik
The celebration of the Day of the Bulgarian community dedicated to the activities of local authorities was held in Pazardzhik on October 12, 2016. During the solemn meeting of the City Duma Mayor of the Community Pazardjik Todor Popov made a welcoming speech to citizens and guests of the sister-city and noted the important role of local authorities in ensuring the city life. Representatives of political parties also sent congratulations to the citizens of the sister city.

The cultural life in the sister city of Beziers
The cultural life of the sister city of Beziers is dynamic and diverse.
A concert of very popular German music group «Greogorian», performing pop and rock songs in a style imitating Gregorian melodies will be held on October 19, 2016 in the Cathedral of Saint Nazaire.
A concert «Lo Grand Balèti del Camèl» which will bring together performances of creative dance groups of Languedoc folklore will be held on October 21, 2016.

The celebration of the National Day of the People's Republic of China
The celebration of the National Day of the People's Republic of China was held in the city of Zhenjiang in the period from 01 to 07 of October, 2016. Series of events, exhibitions, concerts were organized on different venues of the city. More than 1 million tourists visited Zhenjiang during the holiday.

The celebration of the Day of Yerevan
The celebration of the 2798th anniversary of sister city Yerevan was held on October 8, 2016. A lot of interesting activities under the slogan "Sun City – Yerevan" were organized for residents and guests of the capital. The exhibition "Standard - Made in Armenia", which presented samples of products of Yerevan of Soviet times - the products of light and food industries were opened at the History Museum of Yerevan as part of the celebration. The exhibition of retro cars with more than three dozen different brands of cars and production dates were opened on Shaumyan square of the sister city. Several cars are winners of international competitions. Festive events dedicated to the 2798 anniversary of Yerevan, ended with fireworks.

Establishment of friendly sister cities relations
Recently Jintan District of Changzhou (PRC, Jiangsu Province) signed a Friendship City Agreement with Shepperton (Australia, Victoria). The sides agreed about mutually beneficial cooperation in photovoltaic, agriculture, tourism. The project of co-constructing a photovoltaic power station in Australia were discussed. It should be noted that prior to this, Jintan has established sister-city relationships with Cuijk (Netherlands), Saint-Georges (France) and Fauquier (United States).


The National Reading Week in the city of Pazardzhik
The National Reading Week, organized with the support of City Hall of Community Pazardzhik, Municipal Theatre named after K. Velichkov and Regional Library named after N. Furnadzhiev will be held in the sister city of Pazardzhik in the period from October 10 to 14, 2016. The various events with participation of pupils and students of the Community Pazardjik, writers, poets, journalists and creative people are planned within the Reading Week.

The tango festival in the city of Béziers
The tango festival will be held in the period from 14 to 16 October this year in Beziers. According to the program of the festival master classes on dancing tango, instrumental concert programs performed by Argentine and French soloists and ensembles, performances by famous dancers will be organized in the concert halls and on the city’s venues. Appetizers will be organized for the festival audience.

The international chess tournament in Yerevan
The sister city of Yerevan hosted the opening ceremony of the international chess tournament "Yerevan Open", which was attended by the President of the Republic of Armenia, the chairman of the Armenian Chess Federation Serzh Sargsyan, Mayor of Yerevan, the chairman of the Yerevan Chess Federation Taron Margaryan and President of the European Chess Union Zurab Azmaiparashvili. The tournament will be held in the period from October 01 to 10, 2016. Participants of the event will be representatives from more than 10 countries.

Development of China-Israel cooperation
The official delegation headed by Ambassador of Israel to China Matan Vilnai visited Changzhou. A working meeting with the secretary of the Communist Party of China Mr. Yan Li was held during the visit. It was noted that next year is the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Israel
The sides discussed the latest developments in the China-Israel Changzhou Innovation Park, as well as issues of further international cooperation in the field of medical devices, agriculture and new materials. Members of the delegation visited the Park’s companies, met with representatives of business community.


Scientific conference in Pazardzhik
The III National scientific conference "The City and memory" in the Regional historical Museum in the sister city of Pazardzhik, dedicated to the April national liberation uprising will be held in the period from 06 to 07 October 2016. The event will be attended by prominent Bulgarian historians, writers and cultural figures, who devoted their works to the historical event.

Activities of the National Week of Older Persons in Beziers
In the period from 02 to October 8, 2016 the Municipality of Beziers will organize a series events dedicated to the "National Week of Older Persons". Week program includes lectures on health promotion in old age, excursions to the main city’ tourist places, plays and various animations in homes for the elderly, the competition in the game of Belote, dance evenings with buffet. Also, a cruise on the Southern channel will be organized for senior citizens.

Development of strategic cooperation
China State Shipbuilding Company (CSSC) and Jiangsu University of Science and Tech. (JUST) signed the strategic cooperation agreement on 22 September, 2016. As a leading company of shipbuilding industry in China, CSSC is at the cutting edge of marine equipment manufacture industry. The Corporation consists of 60 leading Chinese shipbuilding and ship-repair enterprises, research institutes, manufacturers of marine equipment and spare parts, foreign trade companies. Their win-win cooperation will make contributions to innovation and transformation of national shipbuilding industry.

Social support in the sister city
In the run-up to the celebration Erebuni-Yerevan 2798 the city administration of the sister city holds a number of events in the social sphere. So about 3000 families, including families of workers of the scientific, welfare sphere, families of Armenians from Syria, to the large and young families, families of participants of Artsakhsky war, and also the azatamartik which have fallen in Artsakhe, veterans of the Great Patriotic War, having at the same time 2 servicemen will be handed various valuable presents. This social support is dated for the City Day of Yerevan and will be carried out within 8 days.

International forum in the sister city of Changzhou
On September 28th, the 2016 China Changzhou International Forum on Science and Technology & Economic and Foreign Trade and was held in Changzhou. During the event, the prospects of 10 key chains of production development and modern service industry, the problems of introducing new projects and technologies were discussed. Fairs, presentations, conferences and seminars were held. Issues  about fund-raising, promotion of technologies and investment projects, business transformation and upgrading of the industry were discussed. Areas of work for the development of international cooperation in accordance with existing agreements, as well as the increase of the international sister city rankings on the world market were planned.


The Celebration of the Day independence of Bulgaria
The celebration of the Day independence of Bulgaria was held in Pazardzhik on 22 September 2016. The mayor of Pazardzhik Todor Popov took part in the ceremony of raising the national flag in the Central square of K. Velichkov, and also appealed to the residents and guests of the city with a welcoming speech. The program of celebration ended a concert with participation of the best creative collectives of Pazardzhik.

Environmental measures in Beziers
In honor of Day civil liability on environmental issues the municipality of Beziers together with the city associations will organize cleaning debris of the Southern  Canal on 24 September. All interested persons are invited to attend the event.

Organization dance courses for children
The municipality of Béziers organizes the work of dance groups for physical development of young children and strengthening family ties. These groups are intended for children under 3 years and their parents.

Cooperation in the field of finance  
Yerevan Municipality and the leading global agency “Fitch Ratings” engaged in credit status and analytical studies signed the cooperation agreement. According to this document, the Agency will assess the quality of public finance management and professional risk, as well as a rank the city's financial stability. Within a short time the cooperation will be put into practice.
It should be noted that as a result of the complete implementation of the process of getting the international status in the field of public finances Yerevan with its international status will be visible for those who make use of the global financial map, which will make it possible for interested structures and organizations to get clear idea of the present level of the financial management system of the capital and the city economy.

International Animation Art Festival
The 13th China International Animation Art Festival will be held in Changzhou International Exhibition Center from September 27th to October 3rd. During the one-week festival the forum on the main theme “Cross-cultural integration and cross-industry cooperation”, digital industry exhibition, cartoons and animation game carnivals, etc.  There will be internationally renowned animation and creative companies like Disney, Marvel, Sony, as well as representatives of different university.


European Heritage Days in the sister city of Pazardzhik
In the period from 15 to 18 September, 2016 the Regional Historical Museum of Pazardzhik will participate in the action "European Heritage Days – 2016". The
annual event provides an opportunity to get acquainted with culture and history of the Old continent. The organizers of the initiative are the Council of Europe and the European Commission. In the framework of the action citizens and guests of the city will have an opportunity to visit the museum for free.

Meetings with famous people
The Council of Youth Policy of Pazardzhik in cooperation with the mayor of the sister city organize meetings with famous people. The meeting with graphic designer Patso Dimitrov took place on September 16, 2016. He was involved in the design of sports uniforms for the National basketball Association of the United States.

Restoration of Bezier school
Due to increased number of pupils in educational institutions Bezier City Hall restores the ancient building of elementary school Budar. The beginning of restoration is planned on October 01, 2016. Five educational classes, multipurpose hall, library and administration will be opened in repaired building. Opening of the school will take place in 2017 by the beginning of academic year.

Participation in the traditional Italian holiday
In the period from August 26 to 28, 2016 the Yerevan delegation visited Carrara (Italy) and participated in the traditional holiday "Septemberfest". The Italian city is the first sister city of Yerevan since 1973, but prerequisites to cooperation were earlier: in 1960 the hachkar-spring presented by Yerevan was established in Carrara and the marble monument "A friendship hand" was established in Yerevan. The sister city has also a street named after the capital of Armenia.

Minden youth delegation visited Changzhou
In the period from August 18 to September 7, 2016 Minden Youth Delegation, headed by Michael Jäcke, Mayor of Minden, visited Changzhou. During the first youth visit members of delegation got acquainted with historical and cultural heritage of the city and participated in many interactive activities with teachers and students of Changzhou №3. Middle School. For three weeks the representatives of Minden learned Chinese, calligraphy, pottery, weaving Chinese knot, Chinese martial arts.


The participants of the Olympic Games were awarded
Mayor of Pazardzhik Todor Popov thanked and awarded certificates and cash prizes to athletes of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). It should be noted that participants of the games Reneta Kamberova won a bronze medal in rhythmic gymnastics, Nicholas Bairakov ranked fifth in Greco-Roman wrestling and Dimitar Krystev reached the final in the modern pentathlon.

Days of historical heritage
In the period from 17 to 18 September, 2016 the European Days of historical heritage will be held in the sister city of Beziers. In this regard a rich program of city events: workshops in painting, watercolor painting, making mosaics, wood and leather products as well as meetings with famous writers and photographers will be organized. Tours, concerts of organ music and church music, photo exhibition will be organized in cathedrals and churches. Exhibition of ancient and modern painting, sculpture, porcelain will be held in the municipal museums. Also citizens and guests of the city will have an opportunity to take part in literary and historical conferences.

Participation in the International Forum of Mayors of the Silk Road Cities
On September 7, 2016 the representatives of Yerevan Mayor's Office participated in the XI International Forum of Mayors of the Silk Road Cities. During the Forum they discussed the role of the cities, including Yerevan, in development of the program and possibility of joint programs implementation. Participants considered the issues concerning the activities under the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the cities of Yerevan and Qazvin (Iran) in 2014. During the visit to Iran meetings with representatives of the World Citizens Organization (WCO), as well as education, investment and tourist organizations of cities-participants were organized. During the meeting sides discussed the possibility of establishing of mutually beneficial cooperation.

Changzhou International Robotics and Intelligent Manufacturing Technology Seminar 2016

Due to the accelerated construction of the national intellectual production and innovative centers in the city of Changzhou the International Robotics and Intelligent Manufacturing Technology Seminar 2016 will be held on September 27, 2016. The issues of development of robotics and intelligent equipment will be discussed during the seminar. Representatives of national and foreign governments, industry associations, research institutions, experts, etc. will participate in the event. The aim of the event is to define the prospects of development, promote the advanced technologies, monitor of trends in the field of robotics.


The National Day of Bulgaria's Reunion
The celebration of the National Day of Bulgaria's Reunion will be held in the sister city of Pazardzhik on September 6, 2016. The mayor of Pazardzhik Todor Popov will participate in the ceremony of raising the national flag on the Central square of Constantine Velichkov and will make a welcoming speech to citizens and guests of the city. The official program will be finished with a festive concert.

The concert dedicated to the memory of famous rock-musician
On September 5, 2016 Pazardzhik will celebrate the birthday of British singer, songwriter and vocalist of the rock band "Queen" Freddie Mercury. The concert dedicated to the memory of famous rock-musician will take place near the Youth House. It should be noted that members of "Queen" founded the Association "The Mercury Phoenix Trust” engaged in charity work and raising funds against AIDS.

A citywide campaign in Beziers
A citywide event "Alley of Beziers associations" will take place on September 10, 2016 on the alleys Paul Riquet. The report about work will be held during the event. In this year representatives of 250 associations of Beziers will present their achievements in the socio-cultural sphere as well as environment protection. Mayor of Beziers will make a speech, visitors will get acquainted with the information posted on the associations stands, performances and presentations will take place. The concert of the famous orchestra Paul Selmer will be organized in the end of the event.

Changzhou establishes sister-city relationship with Minden, Germany
On August 19, 2016 the opening ceremony of the monument dedicated to establishment of sister cities relationship between Changzhou and Minden (Germany) was held. Mayor of Changzhou Fei Gaoyun and Mayor of Minden Michael Jäcke participated in the festive event. In the framework of the agreement the sides intend to develop multilateral cooperation. The prospects of interaction in the field of economy, education, health, culture, tourism were discussed.

The visit of Yerevan official delegation to Kharkov (Ukraine)

Recently Yerevan official delegation, led by the heads of Nor-Nork and Avan administrative districts, visited the city of Kharkov (Ukraine). The members of the delegation participated in the festive events dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Ukraine's independence and foundation of Kharkov. During the visit the members of the delegation met with the city leadership, presented a welcoming address of the mayor of Yerevan, as well as visited the memorial “Eternal glory” and laid flowers to the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


Participation in the International folk music championship
With the assistance of the Bulgarian National Commission for UNESCO in the period from August 19 to 21, 2016 the cities of Nessebar, Burgas, Obzor and Sveti Vlas (Bulgaria) hosted the VI International folk music championship "World Folk". The City Hall of Pazardzhik Community assisted in the participation of creative collectives. The event was attended by more than 100 creative teams and more than 2000 singers. Folk Ensemble "Hadzhiliyka" of the village Yunatsite of Pazardzhik Community won the gold medal.

The festival of youth music in the sister city

The festival of youth music "Festival Plus" will be held in the sister city of Pazardzhik in the period from September 02 to 04, 2016. The most famous pop bands of Bulgaria, Great Britain, Romania and Macedonia will participate in the event.

Exhibitions in Beziers
Beziers has a rich cultural life. Currently, the Museum of Fine Arts and Fayette mansion opened the exhibition of works of the famous artist, a native of Béziers, Gustave Fayette "Imaginary Landscapes". This exhibition reflects the changes in the painting of the artist in the period from 1908 to 1925.
The exhibition "Art of Recovery", whose members created an interesting composition, dedicated to the art of Andy Warhol, Basquiat and Chagall will be opened on September 5, 2016 in Beziers House of associations.

Changzhou holds the first international ballroom dance competition
On August 17, 2016 the First China Changzhou International Ballroom Dance Competition & 17th CBDF (China International Ballroom Dance Federation) Junior Championship was held in Changzhou. Vice mayor Fang Guoqiang attended the opening ceremony. This event attracted top-class dancers from China, the United States, Russia, Britain, Denmark, Slovenia and other countries.

The photos exhibition in the sister city of Yerevan
The Mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan participated in the solemn opening ceremony of the photos exhibition "New independent State of Armenia", dedicated to the upcoming 25th anniversary of Armenia's independence. The exhibition includes documentaries, archive and artistic materials about the most important cultural, scientific, political, social and economic events that occurred in the Republic of Armenia in the period from 1990 to 2016. The exhibition "New independent State of Armenia" is open until September 5, 2016. After that it will be presented in New York and Glendale (United States), Paris (France) and Moscow.


Cultural events in Beziers
The exhibition devoted to 350-year anniversary of the Southern channel creation will be presented in the period from August 19 to August 21, 2016 in Beziers. It connected the waters of the Mediterranean sea and the Atlantic ocean. The famous canal was included to the catalog of UNESCO world heritage. Guests and citizens will have an opportunity to see the exhibition of "Eaux Édit'" on Board the barge "Naiad" moored in the port of Beziers.

The Arts exhibition in Zhenjiang
Exhibition of 82-year-old native of the city of Zhenjiang, artist, art historian, author of works on contemporary art of East and West Shao Dajani was held in Beijing (China). 20 last works in the technique of ink painting were presented at the event. It is worth noting that it is already the second exhibition, the first one was held in 2004 on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the artist.

The musical achievements
Students of the music school named after Tigran chukhajyan of administrative district Kentron of Yerevan took part in the international competition-festival "Rimini Fest 2016", which was held in Rimini, Italy. Among 450 participants from the different countries the children from of sister city received two first places in different age categories as well as won the Grand Prix of the international festival.

Changzhou Film & TV Industry Forum
On August 4, 2016 the first Changzhou Film & TV Industry Forum was held in Changzhou and gathered representatives of the authorities and nearly 200 scriptwriters, director, producers, and film, television and media experts from the country. The participants discussed the issues of development of this industry. Changzhou positive experience in creation necessary conditions for prosperity of cultural branch were noted, namely: national demonstration bases of digital entertainment industry, International Animation Art Weeks and national animation festivals. It should be noted that this industry became one of the important in the sister city.


Awards in mathematics
During the International Congress on mathematical education on 30 July, 2016 in Hamburg (Germany) the honorary citizen of Pazardzhik, academician Petr Kenderov received the award of "Paul Erdös". The International Federation of national mathematical competitions gives this award for the contribution of scientists to the mathematics development. Academician was born on April 5, 1943 in the sister city and he is Chairman of the Bulgarian Union mathematicians.

Training abroad

Talented fifteen-year-old student Hristina Nikolova from the sister city Pazardjik won a scholarship to study at Fudan University Shanghai (China). Christina is studying foreign languages since childhood and has good linguistic abilities. Currently she is studying at the French Gymnasium Antoine de Saint-Ekzyupiri, speaks perfect English and studying Chinese. Students from Peru, Chile, Morocco, Kenya, Korea, Australia, Russia and European countries will take part in an international training program.

The entertainment event in
Daily evening shows of equestrians amateur troupe will be organized on the city square for citizens and guests on the eve of Feriya. The program, prepared for 80 minutes, includes Voltigeurs performances, aerial acrobats and stunt performers of Spanish dances, cowboy show. The performances will be accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects. The performances will be attended by well-known stunt and members of the French national team in equestrian sports.

Development of international sister-city academic exchanges
According to the planned increase of the number of private airlines in Jiangsu it is necessary to increase a human capacity in the field of aviation and space available. In the sister city of Zhenjiang special attention is paid to specialists training. In this regard, the reception of the President of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Jiangsu Aviation Technical College was organized in Zhenjiang. Following the meeting with the leadership of the college the readiness to cooperate and planned implementation of joint programs of academic exchanges in this field - training of pilots, air traffic controllers and flight engineer were confirmed.The program also provided training on management of unmanned aircraft systems.

The prospects of international cooperation
The official delegation of Harbin (China) visited Yerevan. During the reception the members of delegation got acquainted with a history, development strategy and governance model of Yerevan for coming years. The Armenian side informed about existing positive results of cooperation with China in the field of transport, and also confirmed the readiness for cooperation and implementation of joint programs in various spheres of urban economy. In addition, members of the delegation learned about the construction of the Embassy of China in Yerevan. Following the meeting the sides agreed to consider establishing mutually beneficial cooperation and delegations exchanges.

Opening of new production
On August 1, 2016 the opening ceremony of recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) project of Jiangsu Lide Plastic Manufacturing Co., Ltd. was held in Liyang Shanghuang Science and Technology Park. It covers an area of 4.7 hectares. This project is one of Liyang’s major projects and integrates into development of Changzhou and conduct industrial transfer. It plays a leading role in the green development of new material industry. It is reported that the project investment is 300 million yuan, and the equipment investment is 100 million yuan. It is expected that the annual output of recycled PET will be 200,000 tons. The products will be exported to southeast Asia, Europe and the United States.


Archaeological excavations in the sister city
With a support of the Regional historical museum of Pazardjik, the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria, the Foundation "Legacy of the Balkans" the review of the mound in the village Yunatsite located near Pazardjik is being continued. According to the results of archaeological excavations this property has important historical significance and refers to the copper-stone age. Interesting household items including the golden pearl, whose age according to scientists more than 6500 years were found.

The European championship on ship modeling sport
The European championship on ship modeling sport among speed models is carried out in the sister city of Pazardzhik. Athletes from Bulgaria, Russia, Armenia, etc. participate in competitions. The athlete of the city of Varna (Republic of Bulgaria) reached the speed of 268 km/h and achieved the leading position in B-1 group. In other groups athletes from Russia and Ukraine – 247 km/h and 176 km/h respectively took the leading positions.

The traditional festival in the sister city
The traditional holiday “Feriya” will take place in Beziers in the period from August 11 to August 15, 2016. Annually about 300000 tourists arrive to participate in this holiday, which received not only the city, but also regional value. The theatrical and horse-musical processions, parades of orchestras and folklore collectives, moto and bicycle cross in memorable places of the city, traditional bullfight are planned in the program. The concerts with French and foreign stars will be held at numerous venues. Festival flamenco and traditional folk dances will be organized for the citizens and guests of Béziers.

The interaction of Diaspora communities
The winners of the sports tournament between the students, organized at the initiative of the Armenian community of Odessa with the assistance of the charity Fund "Rainbow" were awarded a week-long tourist trip to Armenia. During the visit to Yerevan students and teachers got acquainted with historical and cultural heritage and attractions of the city. City sightseeing tour, visit to Yerevan History Museum were organized. Students and teachers met with the Director of the Museum. Works of the famous Ukrainian historian Yaroslav Dashkevych "Armenians in Ukraine" were presented. The series of meetings, cultural and sports events were held during the stay of the Ukrainian delegation.

The delegation of Marche (Italy) visited Changzhou
In order to expand the economic cooperation and friendly exchanges the delegation of Marche Region (Italy) visited Changzhou on July 26, 2016. During the meeting with deputy director of Changzhou Foreign Affairs Office, members of delegation received a brief information on economic and social development of Changzhou. The Italian side informed about the industry in the region and the promising areas of cooperation in various fields. During the visit they got acquainted with the main areas of urban policy, as well as visited the objects of the sister city.


The visit of German artist to Pazardzhik
In order to review the life and work of Bulgarian painter of the Renaissance -  Stanislav Dospevski, German painter Mark Krause will visit Pazardjik in the period from August 01 to 15, 2016. During the staying in the city artist will create the following pictures: "House-museum of Stanislav Dospevski", "Portraits", "Landscapes of Pazardzhik". It is planned that part of the works will be donated to the Art gallery of Stanislav Dospevski.

The foreign job training

Expert for natural Sciences and ecology, an employee of Education Department of Pazardzhik Community Vesela Todorova participated in the international job training program at the European organization for nuclear research, the world's largest laboratory for high energy physics (CERN). During the training various meetings including with the Nobel prize winners in physics Jack Steinberger and Samuel Ting were held. The program was attended by over 45 teachers of the world. It should be noted that Vesela Todorova is the only one representative of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Security during the festival "Feria"

The meeting of the mayor of Beziers and the Prefect of the Hérault region (France) took place on July 25, 2016 in the framework of preparation to the annual city-wide festival "Feria". In the course of negotiations they agreed to take additional measures to ensure the safety of residents and guests during the festival. State authorities as well as the mayor of sister city will take the necessary measures to ensure security during the celebrations.

Development of tourist industry in the sister city Zhenjiang
According to Zhenjiang Municipal Commission of Tourism in the first 6 months of 2016 the total revenue generated by tourism reached 36 billion, an increase of 15.8% over the same period of last year. The following events are the most popular among tourists: Jiangsu-Taiwan Lantern Festival, cultural festival of village tourism, vinegar cultural festival and so on. Some major tourism programs will be realized in the second half of this year.

Development of the international cooperation of the sister city
Within the development of intermunicipal interaction the reception of Treviso official delegation (Italy) was organized on 27 July, 2016 in the sister city. The issues of cooperation in the field of education, including friendly relations between the educational institutions of two cities were discussed during the meeting. The Armenian side presented the implemented projects and programs within the framework of existing partnership relations between Yerevan and Italy cities, as well as various examples of successful inter-municipal cooperation with foreign cities.

Development of new direction of the industrial park

For sustainable economic development of the sister city of Changzhou
an agreement on the launch of AVIC Jiangsu Yuanqi Big Health Industrial Park was signed on July 20, 2016. The project will be located in Tianning Economic Development Zone with a total investment of 3.0 billion yuan. It will be a comprehensive health industrial park containing health equipment, health food, health services and so on. The area will cover 2 sq km. After putting into operation, it is expected to achieve an annual production of 500,000 sets of oxygen chambers with the output value of 10 billion yuan.

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