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TDBB, which aims to create a new dimension in the area of cooperation, experience and knowledge-sharing with its almost 1100 member municipalities from 26 countries, approved its new executive board members and new regulations in Extraordinary General Meeting which was held in 14 June 2014 in Istanbul.

The meeting was attended by President of TDBB and Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu and also domestic and foreign mayors, council members and other guests.

Karaosmanoğlu: “We are the members of a great civilization which tries to main the individual to maintain the state”

In his opening speech, President of TDBB İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu underlined the objectives and activities of TDBB and said, “Our Union, which was established to work on urban management in the countries in which Turkish is spoken and which have commonalities with these countries in the sense of geography, history and culture, continues its activities in line with cooperation, development of brotherhood ties and local governments. It is our duty to develop relations among Turkic countries, to strengthen and our cultural bonds and keep our heritage to bequeath young generations; we shape our activities in this manner.”

After President’s opening speech, Head of Yunus Emre Institute Prof. Dr. Hayati Develi, Kyrgyzstan Union of Local Governments Jalalbek Baltagulov, Head of Azerbaijan Local Governments Agency Mehdi Selimzade and Vice President of Moldovo Union of Local Governments Silvia Turcanu held the floor; and the agenda of the meeting was discussed.

Erol Kaya was chosen as Head of Council Committee

Erol Kaya, founding president of TDBB and MP of Istanbul, was selected as the head of Council Committee, and Mehdi Selimzade Head of Azerbaijan Local Governments Agency and TDBB Co-Chairman- and Deputy Mayor of Bulgaria Mineralni Bani Musa Çolak were approved as Committee members.

Kaya: “Mayors do not govern institutions but cities”

Erol Kaya spoke in the name of Council Committee and said, “Mayors do not govern institutions but cities. We should reflect the norms of our civilization to our institutions. TDBB should encourage activities which carry this notion and all the mayors should give importance to this perspective.”

After Kaya’s speech, former Executive Board was discharged and the new regulations of TDBB were accepted. Members of New Executive, Supervisory and Advisory Boards were elected and the meeting was ended with giving presents and plaques to the guests, announcing Dr. Fahri Solak as the new General Secretary and taking family photo with the participants.

The List of New Executive Members

Num

Appellation

Name and Surname

Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality/

Head of Union

İbrahim KARAOSMANOĞLU

1

Mayor of Bağcılar (İstanbul) Lokman ÇAĞIRICI

2

Mayor of Bahçelievler (İstanbul) Osman DEVELİOĞLU

3

Mayor of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality Ahmet Edip UĞUR

4

Mayor of Bayrampaşa (İstanbul) Atila AYDINER

5

Mayor of Beykoz (İstanbul) Yücel ÇELİKBİLEK

6

Mayor of Beyoğlu (İstanbul) Ahmet Misbah DEMİRCAN

7

Mayor of Bilecik Selim YAĞCI

8

Mayor of Bolu Alaaddin YILMAZ

9

Mayor of Çekmeköy (İstanbul) Ahmet POYRAZ

10

Mayor of Denizli Metropolitan Municipality Osman ZOLAN

11

Mayor of Düzce Mehmet KELEŞ

12

Mayor of Erzurum Metropolitan Municipality Mehmet SEKMEN

13

Mayor of Gebze (Kocaeli) Adnan KÖŞKER

14

Mayor of Hendek (Sakarya) Ali İNCİ

15

Mayor of Karaman Ertuğrul ÇALIŞKAN

16

Mayor of Kartal (İstanbul) Op. Dr. Altınok ÖZ

17

Mayor of Kartepe (Kocaeli) Hüseyin ÜZÜLMEZ

18

Mayor of Kastamonu Tahsin BABAŞ

19

Mayor of Keçiören (Ankara) Mustafa AK

20

Mayor of Malatya Metropolitan Municipality Ahmet ÇAKIR

21

Mayor of Mersin Metropolitan Municipality Burhanettin KOCAMAZ

22

Mayor of Ordu Metropolitan Municipality Enver YILMAZ

23

Mayor of Pendik (İstanbul) S. Kenan ŞAHİN

24

Mayor of Sancaktepe (İstanbul) İsmail ERDEM

25

Mayor of Selçuklu (Konya) Uğur İbrahim ALTAY

26

Mayor of Şahinbey (Gaziantep) Mehmet TAHMAZOĞLU

27

Mayor of Trabzon Metropolitan Municipality Orhan Fevzi GÜMRÜKÇÜOĞLU

28

Mayor of Ümraniye (İstanbul) Hasan CAN

29

Mayor of Yozgat Kazım ARSLAN

30

Mayor of Zeytinburnu Murat AYDIN