The area is part of the judicial and administrative district of Liege. It is in fact very similar to Liege, only six miles away, in terms of the people who live there and their economic and political base.
With a population of 61,125, Seraing covers an area of 13.7 sq. miles including 2,987 acres of forest.
The vast reorganisation of the European steel industry in the 1980s, led the Seraing city fathers to pursue a dynamic policy of promoting new sources of economic growth. Their first step was to renovate and add to the existing infrastructure to provide all the facilities and backup new investors might need to set up under optimum conditions.
Several highly successful industrial estates and development areas have thus been created.Tourism has effectively proved to be a highly promising sector. The town has significantly improved the facilities available, in particular at Val Saint-Lambert, and successfully organised a number of tours, visits and other attractions.Several theme tours have been organised (chateaux, castles, historic industries) by the Tourist Board.
After eight years of this very special relationship, building close friendships between the peoples of the two towns and a close relationship between the two town councils, the town of Seraing and the municipality of Châtel decided to formalise their close links by twinning the areas.
The aim of the twinning is to further promote exchanges between the two areas in education, culture, industry and trade. The two municipal councils have agreed to collaborate, and to further strengthen mutual understanding and friendships between the people of the two areas. Everything is being done to establish long-lasting relations between various organisations, associations and groups of people in the two municipalities.
The twinning has been formalised on two occasions: firstly in Seraing on the occasion of the Walloon Brabant Festival early in September 2001, with the active participation of a delegation from Châtel.
Late March / early April 2002, the people of Châtel in turn welcomed a delegation from Seraing consisting of the Mayor of Seraing, Guy Mathot, four deputy mayors, the Town Manager and its Public Relations Officer.
Our Belgian friends had the pleasure of exploring Châtel resort and Abondance Valley. They also attended the final performance of the Ski Memory Snow Show or the Fabulous History of Skiing for the 2001/2002 winter season. They obviously had free run of the Châtel and Portes du Soleil ski pistes.
The twinning was officially signed in the Châtel Town Hall on Wednesday 3 April 2002. To close the official twinning ceremony participants were invited to a reception, including an exchange of gifts, and a meal in a restaurant in the resort.
Syndicat d'Initiative de Seraing
Rue du Val-St- Lambert, 243
4100 Seraing - Belgique
Tel +32 (0)4336 66 16
Fax +32 (0)4385 14 23