First round of twin city visits completed
Turkish local authorities visited their European counterparts to enhance cooperation, to share know-how and best practices about municipal applications in April, May, June and July 2011. Six technical working visits were paid by Turkish municipalities to their twin cities.
New Horizons - Turkish participants from nine different local authorities have met in a number of sessions on various possible co-operations with hosts from eight different EU local authorities.
Municipalities took a number of giant steps further in developing the commercial and economic relations between their countries by determining their priorities of possible collaborations.
The participants from UNDP Turkey Office and UMT (Union of Municipalities of Turkey) took place in technical working visits, organized within the scope of the Support to Further Implementation of Local Administration Reform in Turkey Project.
Various topics discussed
The topics discussed during the visits that were further detailed out by best practices and experiences were; environment, environmental protection and energy efficiency; tourism and culture, municipal services (ie. social services including gender, elderly care and children; urban transportation, urban planning and some others like emergency-fire, etc.); local economic development and citizen participation.
The second round of technical working visits is going to start in September – October 2011. All the projects and ideas discussed and focused during the first visits are foreseen to be realized after these meetings to be carried out by EU Municipalities with their Turkish counterparts.
All related shareholders and businessmen are also planned to accompany visits in addition to local aouthority representatives. During the meeting at Italy Trieste Governorship, it was focused on developing the relations and co-operations between local authorities from Turkey and Italy.
Objectives of the project
The cooperation between Uşak and Charleroi is planned to be developed more by Turkish businessmen in Belgium. Thus, these collaborations are assumed to result in measurable and long lasting results far beyond technical visits.
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.