Union of Turkish Municipalities (TDBB)’s March Administrative Board Meeting was made on 15 March 2017, Wednesday in Istanbul hosted by Ümraniye Municipality with the participation of local authorities coming from 4 different countries.

The meeting, under the chairmanship of President of TDBB and also Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu, was attended by Secretary General of TDBB Fahri Solak, TDBB Administrative Board Members who are Mayor of Ümraniye Hasan Can, Mayor of Beykoz Yücel Çelikbilek, Mayor of Zeytinburnu Murat Aydın, Mayor of Mongolia Nalaikh Municipality Khaan Sharavkhaan, Kyrgyzstan Issık-Göl Head of State Administration Danır Imanaliev, TRNC Mayor of Güzelyurt Mahmut Özçınar, Mayor of Bolu Alaaddin Yılmaz, Mayor of Bilecik Selim Yağcı, Mayor of Bağcılar Lokman Çağırıcı, Mayor of Kartepe Hüseyin Üzülmez, Mayor of Şahinbey Mehmet Tahmazoğlu and TDBB Supervisory Board Members who are Mayor of Safranbolu Necdet Aksoy and Mayor of Kandıra Ünal Köken.

The protocol of Mosque Construction in Issık-Göl of Kyrgyzstan was signed

Before the meeting, President of TDBB İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu and Kyrgyzstan Issık-Göl Head of State Administration Danır Imanaliev signed a protocol on mosque construction. President of the Union Karaosmanoğlu said, “I personally went to Kyrgyzstan Issık-Göl and saw that this district needed a mosque. They requested from us the construction of a mosque. As TDBB we will cover the mosque need of Issık Göl District. We finished the project, and now we signed the protocol. We want to finish and open it as soon as possible”. On the other hand Kyrgyzstan Issık-Göl Head of State Administration Danır Imanaliev thanked TDBB for their support and added, “This mosque will be built at the most beautiful and touristic place of Kyrgyzstan and because it will be at the place of World Nomad Games, many tourists will see this mosque. TDBB has an important role in the development of our cities in Kyrgyzstan. I thank TDBB and its Members for their contributions.”

The attitude of Rotterdam Municipality was condemned

The mayors who attended the meeting underlined the fact that Netherland’s and some other European countries’ preventer attitudes towards Turkey and Turkish ministers can’t be accepted and they condemned the anti-democratic behavior of Rotterdam Municipality, in particular. It was underlined that it was against the law and soul of European Local Governments Provision of Autonomy to attack with horses and dogs against people, who are already citizens of Netherlands, while using their democratic rights in a peaceful manner, and also to suspend the democratic rights by declaring a state of emergency in an illogical way and to give right to the security forces to use weapon.

The issues in the agenda were concluded

Later on the issues in the agenda were discussed; the activities since 28 December 2016 Administrative Board Meeting were examined and future organizations were decided.

Within this framework, it was decided to create TDBB Sister City Web Portal, to construct ‘Asphalt Factory Project’ in Moldova Gagauz Autonomous Region cooperatively by TDBB and the municipal corporation of İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality İSFALT Inc., to give support by the Union and its Members to ‘Comrat Information and Art Center Project’ planned to be constructed in Gagauz Autonomous Region, to participate in ‘4th World Gagauz Congress” that will take place in Comrat between 05 and 06 May 2017, to organize an Information and Experience Sharing Program for the unit chefs of Presidency of Kyrgyz Republic, to start cooperative activities between Union of Russian Cities and TDBB, to organize an Information and Experience Sharing Program for the mayors of Albania in Istanbul and Antalya between 19 and 24 March 2017, to give participant support to ‘7th Antalya International City Planning and Technologies and Local Governments Symposium’ that will be in Antalya between 23 and 26 March 2017, to organize ‘Commemoration of Halife Altay in his 100th Birthday’ Program cooperatively by TDBB, Kazakhstan Ankara Embassy, Kazakh Turks Association and Zeytinburnu Municipality in 25 March 2017, to give financial support to ‘Muratağa Martyrdom Cemetery’ and ‘II. Selim Park Complex’ that will be constructed in Yeniboğaziçi district in TRNC, to organize ‘sister city iftar programs’ in 2017 Ramadan cooperatively by TDBB and its members, to support ‘Football Tournament’ organization for Tajikistani students living in Istanbul organized by Tajikistan Istanbul Consulate General in 18 March 2017 and also ‘Nawruz Festival Student Gathering’ organization in 19 March 2017, to support ‘Saban Toyu’ organization planned to take place in Istanbul on 2 July 2017 by Tatarstan Turkey Representative Office, to give financial support to “507th Ajvatovica Festival” that will take place in Bosnia and Herzegovina between May 15 and July 2, to give participant support to ‘2017 Ramadan Organization’ of Kilis Municipality, to conduct the necessary coordination by TDBB about the sister city procedure of Kilis Municipality and Kyrgyzstan Toktoqul Municipality, to perform the renewal project of “Comrat Cultural Center’ in Gagauz Autonomous Region Comrat City cooperatively by TDBB and Altındağ Municipality, to organize ‘International Symposium on Alija İzetbegovic in 14th year of his Decease’ cooperatively by TDBB and Malatya Metropolitan Municipality, to organize Information and Experience Sharing Program for the mayors of Moldova Gagauz Autonomous Region requested by Kishinev Embassy in 2017, to organize an internship program in Turkey between 03 and 30 July 2017 for the students of Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University, to search for the opportunities for paying visits to Palestine and Kazakhstan in 2017, to give support to ‘9th Communication with Future’ Workshop that will take place in Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova between 27 April and 04 May 2017 by RTÜK, to give representative support to Bosnia and Herzegovina Emmaus Aid Association’s 18th Establishment Anniversary Program that will take place in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 01 April 2017 and to start coordination procedure for TDBB Member Municipalities that have membership in Council of Europe.

Next Administrative Board is at Bolu

2017 July TDBB Administrative Board Meeting has been decided to be made with the hosting of Bolu Municipality.

New Members

Besides, in the meeting the membership requests of Aydamun Şekhlar (Lebanon), Zuunkharaa (Mongolia), Tunkhel (Mongolia), Association of Albanian Municipalities, Tutin (Serbia), and Kamza (Albania) Municipalities to TDBB were accepted.

After present-giving ceremony, the mayors went to Ümraniye Municipality Municipal Services Building. Here, Mayor Hasan Can told the story of the car crashed by a tank at the night of July 15, which is also exhibited in the garden of the building, then showed the mayors the departments inside the building and welcomed them in his office.