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Ahmetbey Municipality

The history of Ahmetbey dates back to the Thracians, the years between 600-700 BC. Ahmetbey, which was the host of the Thracian, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine civilizations, was in a state of condition related to the granary of the Lüleburgaz Episcopal Center in the third century AC. From the early 1800s until 1930, the Greek, Bulgarian and Turkish people lived together in the town of Ahmetbey. Ahmetbey has an important position in the center of the Marmara Region, is neighbouring Istanbul and is 120 kilometres away from Bulgaria and Greece, where the borders of the European Union begin. Ahmetbey Municipality; adopts common universal morals ​​such as democracy, pluralism, the rule of law, human rights and freedoms, equality between women and men, justice and respect for differences. We believe that, the idea of “full solidarity” which is expressed by the founders of European idealism can be provided by “Pan-European” approach in all terms and spreading sense of unity in all dimensions of European continent.
 Democracy, freedom, human rights and respect for human dignity, solidarity, equal opportunities, gender equality and social justice are all our common values and we must protect these values.

Municipality of Buca (Buca Belediyesi)

The town of Buca, located 9 kilometres southeast of İzmir, lies on the southern foothills of the Nif Mountain. What makes cities are their identities shaped by the values they have. The Buca district, where the history of Izmir is the most intense, has a unique identity and bears witness to the civilisation that dates back to the 130s BC. Buca is the most populated district of Izmir with a population of 507,773 in 2020. The population of Buca consists of 49.82% men and 50.18% women and 2,988 inhabitants are foreign nationals. If we consider the distribution of the population of Buca by age group, there are 98,747 people aged 0-14, 156,544 people aged 15-34, 207,188 people aged 35-64, 45,294 people aged 65 and over. The society, consisting of Greek, British, French, Dutch, Italian and other families who came to Izmir and settled there in the past, has contributed significantly to the development and enrichment of Buca. Thus, Buca, which has been home to countless cultures and civilisations until today, is enriched and it is important to ensure the integration of people from different cultures into the life and culture of the city.

Municipality of Kırklareli

Kırklareli enjoys a strategic position between the Balkans and Anatolia. The city is the shining star of Turkey with its rich culture and history. Its motto is "the city of happy people". Kırklareli was founded in 1870 and named on 20 December 1924. If you follow the street that runs upwards from Hızırbey Mosque, which can be considered as the city center in Kırklareli, road will take you to Yayla Square and Ali Rıza Efendi Culture House will be opened on 20 December 2017. For several years, the city was home to Greek, Bulgarian, Turkish, and Jewish populations. As a result, Greece, Bulgaria, and Montenegro decided to build a room with their names to represent their cultures in a culture house which calls  Ali Riza Efendi Culture House, that has a name in Greek in a room, a Bulgarian and a Montenegrin. The house has been visited by 275.000 people since its establishment in order to represent the common culture.  Kırklareli Atatürk House, also in the city, opened to the public on January 17, 2018. Kırklareli Atatürk House was founded in the municipality with the help of Krklareli's charitable people whose hearts beat for Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Kırklareli Atatürk House and Kırklareli people will be delighted and proud to welcome their visitors in the future, just as they have done in the past. There have been activities organized by the Women's Solidarity and Education Center (KADAM). Concerning the theme "Every Color is Free in Krklareli," NGOs and women entrepreneurs assist students there. In the scope of Bulgaria - Turkey IPA Cross Boarder Cooperation Program, a cultural center was built. A project of ours was selected as “Best Practices” at the meeting held on 13 October 2015 in Sofia / Bulgaria.

Muratpaşa Municipality

Muratpaşa is a district in Antalya, Turkey. The district has a coastline of 20 km (12 mi). Mediterranean Sea is in south of district. Muratpaşa, with an area of 92 square kilometers, has an area of 8 thousand 804 hectares. With 20 kilometers of coastline, Muratpaşa is located in the south of the Mediterranean with Kepez in the north, Konyaaltı in the west and Aksu in the east. According to 2019 the offical data, Muratpaşa has a population of 510 thousand 368. Since the city is the oldest settlement, the history of Muratpaşa is also the history of Antalya. Muratpaşa takes its name from the Karaman Bey, Murat Paşa, who gave his name to the Muratpaşa Mosque, whose construction date is 1570. According to the legend, King Attalos II of Pergamon who sought a place to build a new city asked his soldiers to find the "paradise on earth". The soldiers sought for the paradise for a long time, then they finally decided that the place where Antalya is located today could be the "paradise on earth". That is why Attalos II built the city there and named it "Attaleia". When the Romans took over the Pergamone Kingdom, Attaleia became an outstanding Roman city which the great Roman Emperor Hadrian visited in 130 AD; an arch was built in his honour which is now worth seeing. Then came the Byzantines, after which the Seljuk Turks took over the city in 1207 and gave it a different name, Adalya, and built the Yivli Minaret. The Ottomans followed the Seljuks and finally within the Turkish Republic it became a Turkish city and an important port. The city, known as 'Antaliye' in Arabic sources and 'Adalya' in Turkish sources, has been named Antalya since the first quarter of the 20th century. Antalya was occupied by Italy on March 28, 1919, after the First World War. The occupation ended on July 5, 1921. After the proclamation of the Republic on October 29, 1923, Antalya, which was the sanjak in the Ottoman period, became the province. "Undoubtedly Antalya is the most beautiful place in the world" This statement of the Great Leader Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk during his visit to the city on March 8, 1930, is the most beautiful expression describing Antalya.

Union of Municipalities of Turkey

As we are the secretariat for Turkish delegation to the Congress, we are working on CoE relations with Turkish municipalities and we're supporting them while implementing activities related to ELDW.