Adeje and Unterhaching, 25 years together
A delegation from Adeje, led by mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, attended events to celebrated the 25th anniversary of their association with German town Unterhaching. The events took place in the town, which is in Bavaria, on the outskirts of Munich. Also present were delegations from other towns twinned with Unterhaching – Bischofshofen (Austria), Witney (England), Le Vésinet (France) and Zywiec (Poland). During the visit Adeje’s first citizen said “town twinning is a basic tool for building a Europe that is modern and united in peace, liberty and solidarity, where the real value is seen in towns and people rather than the economy”.
During his official speech Rodríguez Fraga told the other visiting delegations “Adeje is a borough with two particular parts, tourist and residential, and we have succeeded, through mutual respect and integration, to build a harmonious peaceful co-existence between over 45,000 people who make up the population of Adeje”. The mayor also stressed the importance of events of this kind (in Unterhaching) for Costa Adeje, where many many German tourists took their holidays every year.
“The aim of town twinning is to foster friendly relations so that the people of both towns can get to know each other and develop a sense of togetherness. Today I feel we can say that we have achieved that and are delighted to continue these fraternal ties”. The mayor continued, “this friendship has allowed us highlight our own expressions of identity and at the same time lets us discover that we have more things in common than things that set us apart. The evolution of Europe has seen a changing reality. In the last two decades walls have fallen, and unifying bridges have been built, and it is so important that we continue down this road, which may be slow but is safe and secure”.
During the visit mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga also paid tribute to the Adeje and Unterhaching Volunteer Fire Fighters, both bodies having been “pioneers in exchanges and the development of a friendship which we hope to continue to celebrate in October when we are looking forward to welcoming a German delegation to our Fiestas Patronales in Adeje”.
Both the mayors of Unterhaching, Wolfgang Panzer and Bischofshofen, Hans-Jörg Obinger welcomed the words of the Adeje mayor and referred to the “the huge relevance of education and development of inter-cultural events between the different populations”.