Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) Administrative Board Meeting was held on 24 July 2019, Wednesday, in Balıkesir Ayvalık with the participation of local government authorities coming from 5 different countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, TRNC, Macedonia and Turkey), with the hosting of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality.
The meeting, under the chairmanship of TDBB President and also Mayor of Konya Metropolitan Municipality Uğur İbrahim Altay, was attended by Mayor of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality Yücel Yılmaz, Secretary General of TDBB Fahri Solak, General Director of Union of Municipalities of Albania Agron Haxhimali, Mayor of Bosnia and Herzegovina Novi Grad Municipality Semir Efendic, Deputy Chairman of Macedonia Gostivar Municipality Gzim Hacı Eyub, Mayor of TRNC Güzelyurt Mahmut Özçınar, Mayor of Sakarya Metropolitan Municipality Ekrem Yüce, Mayor of Altındağ Asım Balcı, Mayor of Başiskele Mehmet Yasin Özlü, Mayor of Beykoz Murat Aydın, Mayor of Eyüpsultan Deniz Köken, Mayor of Osmangazi Mustafa Dündar, Mayor of Sancaktepe Şeyma Döğücü, Mayor of Selçuklu Ahmet Pekyatırmacı, Mayor of Şahinbey Mehmet Tahmazoğlu, Mayor of Şehzadeler Ömer Faruk Çelik, Mayor of Tavşanlı Mustafa Güler and Mayor of Zeytinburnu Ömer Arısoy.
The meeting continued with the briefing of TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak on the ongoing activities since the last Administrative Board Meeting on 02 May 2019 and the discussion of the meeting’s agenda.
Within this framework, it was decided to organize information and experience sharing and expert training programs for Mongolia Bayan-Ulgii Municipality, Uzbekistan Tourism Officials and Women for Development of Municipalities Association of Azerbaijan within 2019 training programs, to hold the opening ceremony of Training and Cultural Center in Glamoc of Bosnia and Herzegovina with the cooperation of TDBB and member municipalities, on 28 July 2019, to carry on the process of the probable sisterhood between a suitable sister city among TDBB members and Teocak (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Municipality, to cover the expenses of garbage truck requested by Teocak (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Municipality within the framework of sisterhood, to support 4th Turkish World Documentary Film Festival and Competition that will take place in 2019, by TDBB, to give participation support to 4th Yuntdağı Grease Wrestling Event that will take place in Manisa between 20 and 22 September 2019 by Yunusemre Municipality, to support 20th International Golden Saffron Documentary Film Festival that will take place between 25 and 28 September 2019 by Safranbolu (Karabük) Municipality, and to give participation support to CITYTECH 2019 – 13th International Urbanism and Environment Fair that will take in Ankara between 07 and 09 November 2019 by INFO Fair Organization.
Besides in the meeting, the membership requests of Municipalities of Karatay (Konya), Meram (Konya), Karapınar (Konya), Aydıncık (Mersin) and Kljuc (Bosnia and Herzegovina) were accepted.
Member Municipalities Regional Meeting
After the Administrative Board Meeting, TDBB Member Municipalities Regional Meeting also took place. In addition to TDBB Administrative Board Members, the meeting was attended by Mayor of Karesi (Balıkesir) Dinçer Orkan, Mayor of Yenişehir (Bursa) Davut Aydın, Mayor of Biga Bülent Erdoğan, Mayor of Emet (Kütahya) Hüseyin Doğan and Mayor of Yunusemre Kefaeddin Öz. During the meeting, opinion exchange was made to develop the active cooperation with member municipalities of TDBB in Balıkesir region.