International relations, Lyon - Birmingham (United Kingdom)

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City name:

Birmingham, United Kingdom's second city in terms of its economy

Partnership treated:
  • Culture,
  • Entrepreneurship,
  • Light,
  • Social cohesion,
  • University and research,
  • Urban mobility.
First year of the partnership:


International networks in common with Lyon:

Délice, Eurocities, LUCI, UCLG.

European projects in common with Lyon:


Twinned since 1951, with a cooperation based essentially on formal meetings, Lyon and Birmingham - alongside Frankfurt, Barcelona, Rotterdam and Milan - launched the Eurocities network in 1986. Growing in strength from year to year, the partnership of the two local authorities has turned to the exchange of practices and strategies in the field of economic development and social cohesion.

Lyon - Birmingham (United Kingdom) cooperation, key dates

Between 2001 and 2008, the people living in the urban renewal districts of the agglomeration of Lyon took part in half-yearly meetings with those living in similar areas in Birmingham. These exchanges have allowed the introduction of the dialogue on the experience of urban regeneration, public participation in decision-making and habitat management by citizens.

Since 2002, Lyon and Birmingham have together been involved in a number of European consortia for works financed by the European Commission: the PACEREL project for supporting entrepreneurship, the REGENETA and URBAMECO projects for improving the quality of life in underprivileged districts, the CASC project to raise the awareness of the general public to innovation and science and the OPTICITIES project for the management of integrated multimodal urban transport networks.

Birmingham integrated the Délice Lyon and international network from the time of its creation, in 2007. The objective? To orient its strategy of appeal to gastronomy by highlighting its Michelin-starred chefs and the culinary diversity of its territory, the mark of a multicultural tradition.

Between 2007 and 2008, a number of projects saw the light of day in the educational domain: exchanges - in particular regarding the teaching of English and French in primary class - took place between teachers in Lyon and Birmingham. The twinning between the two cities also facilitated the establishment of annual one-month trainings at various cultural locations in Birmingham for secondary school pupils studying the entertainment industry at the Diderot Vocational School (Lyon 1st district).


Juliette Cantau

Métropole de Lyon - Economic development, employment and knowledge delegation

chargée de mission partenariats internationaux