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In order to decide the new managing bodies, 4th Ordinary General Meeting of Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), which aims to create value in local governments cooperatively with 1.110 member municipalities from 28 countries, was held in IBB 1453 Social Facilities in Istanbul, on 09 September 2015.

The program was attended by President of TDBB and also Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu, in addition to many domestic and international Mayors, Council Members and guests.

Before the meeting, “First World War and Battle of Gallipoli from Balkans to Central Asia in Ottoman Documents” exhibition was opened by President of TDBB Ibrahim Karaosmanoğlu, Deputy President of TDBB Murat Aydın, Istanbul PM Erol Kaya, Mayor of Bilecik Selim Yağcı and President of Azerbaijan Municipal Business Center Mehdi Selimzade. After the opening of the exhibition Ordinary General Meeting started.

After the screening of Turkish and English introduction movie of TDBB, the program started with the opening speech of TDBB’s President.

Karaosmanoğlu: “We should act together against terrorism”

President of TDBB and also Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu pointed out recent Turkish political developments and in this case, the role of TDBB and said: “We should act together against terrorism, the most important problem of our cultural geography. The struggle of Turkey against terrorism will continue to the end. The aim of the terrorist attacks happening recently is something that some people do not want Turkey to develop and strengthen. They don’t want us to be happy. In this case TDBB has an important mission. The responsibility of local governments is to cover the needs of the citizens. As TDBB, our most important mission is to give the people living in our geography a healthy, happy and a more honored life. In this way we are sharing our opportunities, information and experiences under the roof of TDBB. We need each other. We have to come together more and try to give better service for the citizens.”

After the opening speech of President of TDBB Karaosmanoğlu, Republic of Kyrgyzstan Consul General of Istanbul Renat Tuleberdiev stated the developments they had experienced in his country on municipalism with the contributions of TDBB, while Bosnia and Herzegovina Consul of Istanbul Adi Durmiç said: “I am very happy to be invited in this meeting. There are 16 member municipalities from Bosnia and Herzegovina and I hope this number will increase. For us the cooperation between TDBB and our local governments is very important. I congratulate TDBB for the projects they are carrying on in my country.”

After the opening speeches and congratulatory addresses, Council Committee was created and the agenda was started to be discussed.

Council Chairman was Istanbul PM Erol Kaya

TDBB Chairman of Founding Executive Board and also Istanbul PM Erol Kaya was elected as the Chairman of Council Committee and Republic of Kyrgyzstan Deputy Minister of Local Governments Sanjar İkramov, President of Azerbaijan Municipal Business Center Mehdi Selimzade and Mayor of Cyprus Güzelyurt Municipality Mahmut Özçınar, as members to the Council Committee.

Erol Kaya spoke on behalf of Council Committee underlining the recent political developments and condoling for the martyrs and said, “Anatolian geography is a place where civilizations were established, intersected and allied. Besides we are in a geography where important betrayals took place. I think that this important geography will be the place where big problems will take place. I wish the General Meeting will be beneficial for TDBB. I congratulate this Union which has more than 1.100 members from 28 different countries.”

Later on General Meeting continued with the presentation and acquittal of Activity, Survey and Earnings Report. After the amendment in Union’s Charter, the deletion of former debts of closed municipalities was accepted by unanimous vote. Then, the election of Union’s Boards was made.

After the selection of New Executive Board, Administrative Board and High Advisory Boards’ members, Republic of Kyrgyzstan Deputy Minister of Local Governments Sanjar İkramov, President of Union of Cyprus Turkish Municipalities Ahmet Yalçın Benli, Mayor of Azerbaijan Binəqədi Municiplality Sitare Cabbarlı, President of Union of Montenegro Municipalities Alexandar Bogdanovic, Kazakhstan Mayor of Kızılorda Janakorgan Ruslan Rustemov, Mayor of Bosnia and Herzegovina Novi Grad Municipality Semir Efendic, Mayor of Mongolian Nalayh Sharavkhaan Khaan, Mayor of Macedonian Studeniçan Azem Sadiku, Chairman of Provincial Bank Fuat Gedik and President of Turkey-Turkmenistan Brotherhood and Solidarity Association İsmail Necdet Aygün expressed their appreciation and opinions.

Thereafter the family picture of participants, the General Meeting ended with lunch. After the lunch the international guests set off for Çanakkale and Martyrs’ Cemetery.

At the same day newly-elected TDBB Administrative Board Members made their first meeting, distributed duties and evaluated the other topics in agenda.

After General Meeting and the meeting of New Administrative Board, the members of TDBB Administrative and Executive Boards are following:

                                       TDBB ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD (2015-2018)

NO TITLE NAME – SURNAME
  Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality / TDBB President İbrahim KARAOSMANOĞLU
1 President of Center for Coordination with Local Governments in  Azerbaijan Ministry of Justice Mehdi SELİMZADE
2 Mayor of Bağcılar (İstanbul) Municipality Lokman ÇAĞIRICI
3 Mayor of Bayrampaşa (İstanbul) Belediye Municipality Atila AYDINER
4 Mayor of Beykoz (İstanbul) Municipality Yücel ÇELİKBİLEK
5 Mayor of Beyoğlu (İstanbul) Municipality Ahmet Misbah DEMİRCAN
6 Mayor of Bilecik Municipality Selim YAĞCI
7 Mayor of Bolu Municipality Alaaddin YILMAZ
8 Mayor of Novi Grad Sarajevo Municipality (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Semir EFENDIÇ
9 Mayor of  Mineralni Bani Municipality (Bulgaria) Mümin İSKENDER
10 Mayor of Denizli Metropolitan Municipality Osman ZOLAN
11 Mayor of Düzce Municipality Mehmet KELEŞ
12 Mayor of Erzurum Metropolitan Municipality Mehmet SEKMEN
13 Mayor of Gebze (Kocaeli) Municipality Adnan KÖŞKER
14 Mayor of Hendek (Sakarya) Municipality İrfan PÜSKÜLLÜ
15 Mayor of Kartal (İstanbul) Municipality Op. Dr. Altınok ÖZ
16 Mayor of Kartepe (Kocaeli) Municipality Hüseyin ÜZÜLMEZ
17 Mayor of Kastamonu Municipality Tahsin BABAŞ
18 Governor of Kyzylorda Region (Kazakhstan) Kirimbek KOSHERBAEV
19 Mayor of Keçiören (Ankara) Municipality Mustafa AK
20 Mayor of Güzelyurt Municipality (Cyprus) Mahmut ÖZÇINAR
21 President of  Local Governments State Agency (Kyrgyzstan) Bakit RISPAEV
22 Mayor of Kırşehir Municipality Yaşar BAHÇECİ
23 Mayor of Ohrid Municipality (Macedonia) Nikola BAKRACESKİ
24 Mayor of Mersin Metropolitan Municipality Burhanettin KOCAMAZ
25 Mayor of Nalaikh Municipality (Mongolia) Khaan SHARAVKHAAN
26 President of Congress of Local Authorities from Moldova (CALM) Tatiana BADAN
27 Mayor of Ordu Ordu Municipality Enver YILMAZ
28 Mayor of Pendik (İstanbul) Municipality S. Kenan ŞAHİN
29 Mayor of Sancaktepe (İstanbul) Municipality İsmail ERDEM
30 Mayor of Selçuklu (Konya) Municipality Uğur İbrahim ALTAY
31 Mayor of Şahinbey (Gaziantep) Municipality Mehmet TAHMAZOĞLU
32 Mayor of Nizhnekamsk Municipality (Tatarstan/RF) Aidar METSHIN
33 Mayor of Ümraniye (İstanbul) Municipality Hasan CAN
34 Mayor of Üsküdar (İstanbul) Municipality Hilmi TÜRKMEN
35 Mayor of Zeytinburnu (İstanbul) Municipality Murat AYDIN

                                                       TDBB EXECUTIVE BOARD (2015-2018)

NO TITLE NAME – SURNAME
1 President of TDBB / Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality İbrahim KARAOSMANOĞLU
2 Vice President of TDBB / Mayor of Mersin Metropolitan Municipality Burhanettin KOCAMAZ
3 Deputy President of TDBB / Mayor of Zeytinburnu (Istanbul) Municipality Murat AYDIN
4 Vice President of TDBB / Mayor of Beykoz (Istanbul) Municipality Yücel ÇELİKBİLEK
5 Vice President of TDBB / Mayor of Bağcılar (Istanbul) Municipality Lokman ÇAĞIRICI
6 Vice President of TDBB / Mayor of Keçiören (Ankara) Municipality Mustafa AK
7 Vice President of TDBB / Mayor of Selçuklu (Konya) Municipality Uğur İbrahim ALTAY
8 Vice President of TDBB / Mayor of Şahinbey (Gaziantep) Municipality Mehmet TAHMAZOĞLU