Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) February Executive Board Meeting was held in February 17, 2015 in Kartepe, hosted by Mayor of Kartepe Hüseyin Üzülmez.

The meeting, under the chairmanship of President of the Union and also Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu, was attended by members of Executive Board who are Mayor of Beykoz Yücel Çelikbilek, Mayor of Zeytinburnu Murat Aydın, Mayor of Keçiören Mustafa Ak, Mayor of Şahinbey Mehmet Tahmazoğlu and Mayor of Selçuklu Uğur İbrahim Altay.

The meeting started with the briefing of Fahri Solak, General Secretary of the Union, on the activities that have been done since the meeting on January 28, 2015 and those planned to be carried out in the coming months, and on “Balkan Municipalities Information and Experience Sharing Program” which will be held in Istanbul and Konya between February 22 and 28 2015; later on, the gathering continued with the discussion of matters at issue.

Turkish World Local Governments Academy will be established

In the meeting, the participants arrived at a consensus to establish “Turkish World Local Governments Academy” and to start the necessary process to organize “Sister City Code of Practice Workshop”, with the participation of relevant institutions and organizations. Besides, the subjects like the organization of Experience Sharing Program between March 15 and 21, 2015 for Tatarstan Municipalities; “21. Turkish World Children’s Festival” that will be organized by Turkish World Studies Association in Istanbul between May 20 and June 05, 2015; and the support of activities that Republic of Kyrgyzstan will carry out in Turkey within the framework of “2015 Culture and Tourism Year” were also discussed. In addition to these issues, the satisfaction of Union member Berat Municipality (Albania)’s demand via the relevant institutions about the flood disaster the municipality experienced, the support to Republic of Turkey Tatarstan Representative’s Tatar National Poet “Abdulla Tukay Commemoration Program” that will be held in Ankara with the participation of President of Tatarstan between April 28 and 30, 2015, and the membership application of Adana Municipality were determined with assent for presenting in Administrative Board.