The EMT is one of the oldest, largest and most active twinning agreements in the history of JCI. Twinning offers the opportunity to experience other people, cultures and customs. It offers participating local organisations the chance to introduce their own country, culture, food, drink and traditions but, most importantly, it is the ideal platform within JCI to establish new friendships and have many exciting and fun experiences.
The idea to bring together one chapter from every state of the European Economic Community (EEC), now the EU, was born during a meeting of Belgian and Dutch JCI members at the European Conference in Antwerp in 1978. During a “preparation weekend” in Hasselt in January 1979, the principles of the twinning agreement were discussed. In May 1979, the first European Multi Twinning meeting took place at Alphen aan den Rijn in the Netherlands: it was the year of the first elections to the European Parlement. During this weekend, 9 European chapters founded the EMT (Alphen aan den Rijn, Dusseldorf, Hasselt, High-Wycombe, Kolding, Luxemburg, Malahide (now Fingal), Paisley and Villefranche en Beaujolais). From that moment on, the EMT has become a yearly conference, each year organised by a member-chapter treating a particular theme.
The European Multi Twinning yearly welcomes visiting JCI organisations from different countries all over Europe that have shown an interest in our EMT. If you are interested to join the EMT with your local organisation, please send us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Back in 1978, at the European Conference in Antwerp, I launched the idea to bring together one chapter from every state of the European Union. It was the ideal occasion to meet like-minded people. Shortly after, the idea was born and in 1979 we organized the first EMT.
JCI-senator and EMT-founder
The EMT has always been one of the best experiences I ever had in my JCI-career. Pretty sure that everyone that has ever been on an EMT will agree when I say that there is nothing that can beat the power of this international bunch of friends!
JCI-senator and EMT-ambassador
I joined my first EMT in Reykjavik back in 2014. That was the ideal opportunity to meet new people from abroad and experience other cultures, food and traditions. Having joined each consecutive EMT since then, the EMT is really about friendship across borders!
EMT CoC director and EMT-ambassador