Organized by Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) and cooperated by Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) and member municipalities Bağcılar, Başakşehir, Beykoz, Beyoğlu, Eyüpsultan, Sancaktepe, Üsküdar and Zeytinburnu Municipalities, “Croatian Mayors Information and Experience Sharing Program” was held in Istanbul in the dates of 02-08 February 2020 with presentations and site visits.
The program was attended by President of Croatia Union of Municipalities and Mayor of Jasenice Martin Baricevic, Mayor of Kostajnica Dalibor Biscan, Mayor of Slatina Denis Ostrosic, Mayor of Darda Anto Vukoje and Manager of Croatia Union of Municipalities Mladen Puskaric.
In the first day of the program, delegation visited Mayor of Zeytinburnu Ömer Arısoy. In Zeytinburnu Municipality delegation examined “Zero Waste Project” and made a site visit regarding Zeytinburnu’s recycling activities. In the same day afternoon delegation made a visit to TDBB and met with Secretary General Fahri Solak in TDBB Headquarters. During the meeting, Solak informed the mayors about the program and TDBB activities. It is also evaluated cooperation areas between TDBB and Croatia.
In the second day of the program, participants visited Mayor of Bağcılar Lokman Çağırıcı. After the visit, delegation was presented Bağcılar Municipaly’s public health services and activities for disadvantaged groups such as disabled and elderly. In the same day afternoon, the group visited Mayor of Başakşehir Yasin Kartoğlu and got informed about waste management and the process of decomposing waste activities of Başakşehir Municipality. Then the participants examined the related works of Başakşehir Municipality with a site visit.
On 5 February 2020 Wednesday, delegation went to Beykoz Municipality and met with Deputy Mayor of Beykoz Manolya Demirören Tekin. In Beykoz, delegation was informed social municipalism activities of Beykoz and then observed these works with a site visit. In the same day afternoon, the mayors met with Mayor of Sancaktepe Şeyma Döğücü in Sancaktepe Municipality. There they examined Sancaktepe’s home care activities.
On 6 February 2020 Thursday, participants visited Mayor of Üsküdar Hilmi Türkmen and they got a presentation explained Üsküdar Municipality’s waste disposing and recycling activities. In the same day afternoon, the participants made a historical Istanbul tour.
On the last day of the program on 7 February 2020 Friday, delegation visited Mayor of Eyüpsultan Deniz Köken. Afterwards, they listened a presentation about Eyüpsultan’s training courses and made a site visit. Moreover, participants made a visit to Beyoğlu Municipality. There, the group made an assessment on Beyoğlu’s social works with the guidance of Deputy Mayor of Beyoğlu Rüstem Dindaroğlu.
Certification program and closing dinner of the program was held with the host of TDBB. Croatian Delegation and Secretary General Fahri Solak brought together and made comments regarding the program and both sides agreed that local governments of Croatia and Turkey should be more cooperated for boosting the relations of the two countries. Furthermore, participants stated that the program was very beneficial for them and they posited that they want to do such events in the future.
Program was ended after cultural tour of Istanbul that was made on 08 February 2020 Saturday.