The original idea behind the partner city concept that was developed in Europe after WWII was to foster mutual understanding and awareness. The city of Graz currently has 13 partner cities.
Since Austria joined the EU in 1995, project-specific "city friendships" have also been concluded in addition to the traditional partner city relationships. These city friendships constitute a further opportunity for cooperation and complement the historically grown city partnerships.
Both forms of cooperation focus on the same goals: mutual visits, the gaining of a broader perspective, exchange initiatives and the search for what unites rather than what separates us.