22.09.2021

The Mayors of Tallinn and Tartu signed a co-operation agreement

Today, the Mayor of Tallinn, Mihhail Kõlvart, and the Mayor of Tartu, Urmas Klaas, signed a cooperation agreement to facilitate the co-operation between the European Green Capital 2023 Tallinn and the European Capital of Culture 2024 Tartu for mutual advantage.

“Tallinn and Tartu will both have a responsible role in the coming years in carrying out the title of a European thematic capital. Putting our backs together, we will be able to better achieve the goals of both the Green Capital and the Capital of Culture. Tallinn wishes to collaborate with Tartu in the development of the green city principles, as well as in the activities included in the Green Capital programme. In turn, we commit to be the dignified partner for Tartu as the Capital of Culture, because Tallinn bore the title of the European Capital of Culture in 2011 and we understand our role as the gateway to Estonia, since the journey of foreign visitors to Tartu mostly starts from Tallinn,” said Tallinn Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart.

According to the Mayor of Tartu Urmas Klaas, good co-operation between Tallinn and Tartu helps to implement central goals for both cities. “I am glad that in teamwork with the city of Tallinn, we can make Tartu and Southern Estonia more visible in the strategic hubs of the country. In addition, we plan co-operation on environmental issues because sustainability and green values ​​are very important for the city of Tartu. The narrative of the Capital of Culture’s creative concept also elaborates on the arts of survival, which are more relevant in today's world than ever before,” explained Mayor Urmas Klaas.

“In two years, the European Capital of Culture 2024 Tartu will be Estonia's main attraction and Europe's largest cultural event. The city of Tallinn, as the representative gateway to the Estonian country, will be a symbolic starting point for Tartu and Southern Estonia until the end of the title year. By 2023, the Tallinn city border will be prominently marked on the road to Tartu,” added Kuldar Leis, the director of Tartu 2024 Foundation.

According to the co-operation agreement, Tartu will place the landmarks of the Capital of Culture 2024 in Tallinn, and Tallinn will in turn place the landmarks of the European Green Capital 2023 in Tartu. The programme of the Capital of Culture as well as the Green Capital is planned in both cities, and suggestions on green governance and sustainable cultural management will also be exchanged. Tallinn and Tartu will prepare a separate action plan for the implementation of the co-operation agreement.

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Photos: Aleksandr Guzhov, Pealinn