Municipalities of Turkey and EU met in Ankara

01 Mar 2011

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Turkish and EU local authorities met in an introductory meeting, that was held in Ankara.

New Horizons - The aim of the meeting was to help increase the effectiveness and broaden the scope of the twinning arrangements both between the local authorities of Turkey and Europe as well as among Turkish local authorities.

The meeting hosted a total of 48 government officials, two from each of 10 Turkish and 13 other European local authorities of twin cities, met to improve co-operation in the management of local public and municipal services.

The meeting within the scope of the Support to Further Implementation of Local Administration Reform in Turkey Project was inaugurated with the remarks of the representatives from EU Delegation to Turkey, UNDP Turkey, UMT (Union of Municipalities of Turkey) and Ministry of Interior.

The program which started with a presentation by UMT on the explanation of the twinning methodology, the programme of events and answers to the questions regarding the procedures; was followed by the presentations of the works of local authorities in alphabetical and alternating order between EU and Turkish municipalities.

Finally, the facilitated workshops between EU and Turkish municipalities were held on on four themes, namely, environmental protection and energy efficiency; tourism and culture; municipal services (ie. social services including gender, elderly care and children, urban transportation, urban planning, emergency management, fire brigade systems, immigrants etc.); and local economic development with citizen participation.

EU and Turkish local authorities were able to plan for mutual visits with their twinning partners to broaden the scope of twinning agreements and collaboration, that were chosen freely during the meetings.

Support to Further Implementation of Local Administration Reform in Turkey Project is being implemented by the Ministry of Interior with the technical assistance of the United Nations Development Programme and funded by the European Union in the scope of the EU-Turkey Pre-Accession Financial Co-Operation Programme.

The specific objective of the project is to develop and strengthen the administrative capacity and co-operation of the Ministry of Interior (particularly General Directorate of Local Authorities, governorates and district governorates), unions of local authorities and local authorities themselves in the task of ensuring effective implementation of new policy and legislation on local administration.

Participant Municipalities

Turkish:

K. Ereğli (Zonguldak)                                                      
Uşak                                                                            
Kırşehir                                                                         
Kahta (Adıyaman)                                                          
Düzce                                                                          
Nevşehir                                                                       
Zonguldak                                                                     
Gölbaşı (Ankara)                                                            
Patnos (Ağrı)                                                                 
Mustafakemalpaşa (Bursa)

EU:

Birzai, Lithuania
East Riding of Yorkshire Council, England
Harryda, Sweden
Mykonos, Greece
Ptolemaida/Eordea, Greece
Gotse Delchev, Bulgaria
Rezekne, Latvia
Charleroi, Belgium
Balatonfüred, Hungary
Manfalcone, Italy
Brindisi, Italy
Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Italy
Sciacca, Italy