ELLESMERE Port’s twinning links with Reutlingen are under threat.
Cheshire West and Chester Council originally decided to sever links with the Port’s German partner.
Now it has decided to review the situation next year.
Hundreds of schoolchildren have visited Germany since the twinning arrangement was set up in 1966.
Labour group leader Cllr Derek Bateman, of Cambridge Road, Ellesmere Port, said: "The council has agreed to extend the twinning arrangements to 2010 while they are reviewed.
"Due to the previous council structure there are three different twinning arrangements.
"At one point they considered scrapping them completely but due to opposition they will review them toward the end of this year and assess the benefits of twinning and how to progress in the future.
"It would be unfortunate if they decided to scrap them completely."
Earlier, the council had decided to take a fresh approach to international links.
A report to the council’s executive recommended an International Framework be produced to establish a new way of managing the council’s policy on international cooperation.
It’s been common practice among councils for years to develop twinning relationships, traditionally focused on cultural exchanges and promoting mutual understanding.
Chester City Council had twinning links with Sens in France, Lorrach in Germany and Seneghalia in Italy.
Vale Royal Borough Council had formal twinning links with Rychnov-nad-Kneznou District in the Czech Republic.
But the establishment of the new unitary authority in April saw the council decide to take a different approach to international links which relates more closely to the new council’s priorities, especially around local economic benefits and providing a more powerful international voice.
To do this the council’s executive has decided not to create any new formal twinning links and will not continue with the arrangements made by the former Chester City and Vale Royal councils and the mayor’s office at Ellesmere Port.
The council will allow each former twinning association to fulfil its obligations until 2010, granting each association £2,000 to do so.