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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, which 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. 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.


Besiktas is located in the European side of the city, and geographically composed of coastal and interior settlements. Despite its small surface area and population, it is ideally located at the junction of arterial roads of Istanbul, and has a convenient location to world-class amenities. It has the access roads to the Bridges of Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet interconnecting the European and Anatolian sides of Istanbul and even two continents. While the current population is approximately 190.000, it reaches approximately 2 million people in a day.


The municipality of Edremit, in Turkey, is located on the Aegean Coast. With its 34 kms of coastline covered with beaches and crystalline waters overlooking the stunning Gulf of Edremit, this precious center is included in the metropolitan city district of Balikesir. This area is a popular tourist destination for its natural beauties (Mount Ida), archaeological sites (Antandros settlement, necropolis) and Mediterranean typical gastronomy enriched with the renowned Edremit’s olive oil, the main ingredient of the exquisite regional cuisine. The several luxury thermal spas close to Mount Ida make this resort an excellent destination for tourist.

Municipality of Kırklareli

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. Greek, Bulgarian, Turkish and Jewish communities lived in Yayla Neighborhood for years. Therefore, it was agreed with Greece, Bulgaria and Montenegro states and organized a room to reflect their cultures. In order to reflect the common culture in Ali Riza Efendi Culture House; it has a Greek room, a Bulgarian room and a Montenegrin room and has been visited since opening of 275.000 people. Also in Yayla Neighborhood; Kırklareli Atatürk House, opened to the public on 17 January 2018. Kırklareli Atatürk House was built by Municipality of Kırklareli, under the direction of Mayor of Kırklareli Mehmet Siyam KESİMOĞLU and with support of the charitable citizens of Kırklareli whose hearts Mustafa Kemal Atatürk beats. Kırklareli Atatürk House has the same architectural plan of the Atatürk House in Thessaloniki / Greece, also in design of the rooms attention was paid to the finest details and has been visited since opening of 300.000 people. Kırklareli Atatürk House and Kırklareli citizens will be happy and proud to welcome their guests in the future as they did in the past. The Women's Solidarity and Education Center (KADAM) is located in Yayla Neighborhood, which was set up to teach arts and crafts to women living in the city, to develop and to create employment opportunities through the courses we offer. Regarding the theme "Every Color is Free in Kırklareli;" Kırklareli non-governmental organizations and women entrepreneurs provide the students with the opportunity to gain scholarship from the sale of hand-made products in wooden huts and wheeled stands of different colors in Yayla Square. In Cumhuriyet Neighborhood, approximately 2.000 women in year are served in Zumba, Cardio and Pilates classes free of charge by expert trainers at the Kırklareli Municipality Women's Sports Center Zübeyde Hanım. In the scope of Bulgaria - Turkey IPA CBC-(Cross Boarder Cooperation Program) was built the Atatürk Cultural Center. Within the opening of the Cultural Center on 23 April 2015; Conference Hall, Wedding Hall, Bridal Room, Meeting Hall, Foyer area for theater performances, conferences and wedding hall continues to serve. There is also a workshop room where artistic activities such as painting, photography, theatre and dance can be performed. Our project was selected as “Best Practices” at the meeting held on 13 October 2015 in Sofia / Bulgaria. Kırklareli is the shining star of Turkey with historical and cultural richness, intellectuals and contemporary living. Kırklareli contains all colors into with the motto “The City of Happy People” will continue to be one of the exclusive and distinctive cities of Marmara Region in the future as it was did in the past.

Zeytinburnu Municipality

Zeytinburnu Municipality which sets target as integrated to history, culture and economy of Istanbul; people are happy to live there, regenerative and renewed district is a municipality which prioritizes global values as politics, such as transparency, accountability, deliberative democracy, justice, equality in service, efficiency and impact; which are also accepted principles as globally exist or must exist in local governments. Zeytinburnu Municipality is going on her own works by prioritizing labors, unemployed people, tradesmen, women, children, young people, disabled people and issues coming with migration; in this scope putting humanity to center of her operations; by adopting as principles deliberative democracy, respect to labor and social justice, living in peace and solidarity and equality in services. For this purpose Zeytinburnu City Council works actively to ensure democratic participation.

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Bayraklı is one of the 11 central districts of Izmir. Bayraklı district is located on the İzmir-Çanakkale asphalt in the northeast corner of the Izmir Bay which is in the city center. Bayraklı is located including the southern slopes of the Yamanlar mountain group.Ancient Smyrna is shown as the place where İzmir was founded in terms of city.Bayraklı history dates back to 5,000 years. The longest street of the Archaic Period with its multi-roomed places was found during the Bayraklı excavations.mryna was a great power and an important city from the middle of the 7th century B.C. to the last quarter of the 6th century B.C. in the Aegean region. By the Persian invasion in 546, Smyrna's brilliant period was ended. Persian domination which lasted for 200 years ends with the arrival of Alexander the Great in Anatolia in 334 B.C. This historical event is also the beginning of the Hellenistic period, which is referred to as a new period. According to the legend, in this period, the city was moved from Bayraklı to the skirts of Kadifekale by İskender.According to the Law No. 5747 in “Establishing a District within the Borders of the Metropolitan Municipality and Making Amendments to Some Laws”, Bayraklı became the district of Izmir on 6 March 2008 and the related law was published in the Official Gazette which is dated as 22 March 2008 and numbered as 26824. Bayraklı Municipality gained legal personality with the decision of the Assembly which is dated as April 14, 2009 .In general, Bayraklı is a residential-centered settlement.In addition to this,Bayraklı has become a new attraction center in İzmir.Density of the industry has been decreasing gradually in the district's economy. Bayraklı has become the new centre of attraction of İzmir where the concentration of the courthouses, business centers, call centers and vertical settlements is increasing. As Bayraklı Municipality,in order to move Bayraklı to a better future, we have determined the following principles as our core values ​​and we will carry out all our activities within the framework of these core values. • To take care of the benefit of children and youth - Citizen satisfaction • To take care of the benefit of women - Lawfulness • To take care of disadvantaged groups - Participation • Fair, fast and quality service delivery - Reliability • Innovativeness - Productivity • Transparency and accountability - Contemporaneity

Kuşadası Municipality

Kuşadası is a city located on the Aegean coast of Turkey, known for its natural, cultural and historical richness, has built its economy on the field of tourism since the 1980’s and has drawn attention from all over the World with its pristine beaches, Dilek Peninsula National Park, Güvercinada Castle, Old Town, antique cities and countless other assets. With its population of 116.966, Kuşadası keeps hosting a variety of cultures since very early ages.

Municipality of Buca (Buca Belediyesi)

Buca district, located 9 kilometers southeast of İzmir, is located on the southern foothills of Mountain Nif. A municipality was established in Buca in 1923 and became a district with the law that entered into force in 1987. Its acreage is 134 km2. Buca, although Turkey's Izmir is one of the metropolitan districts depending on the province, is also the most populous county with the population. The population is 510.695.

Muratpaşa Municipality

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 was Antalya.

T.C. Çiğli Belediyesi / T.R. Municipalty of Cigli

Located at the north of İzmir, Çiğli is one of the biggest ditricts of İzmir with a 133,55 kilometer square area. Surrounded by Menemen from the north, the Gulf of İzmir from the south and the west and Karşıyaka from the east, Çiğli is 27 kilometers from the İzmir city center, 18 kilometers from Menemen and 7 kilometers from Karşıyaka. The most important locations of the city are İzmir Bird Paradise, İzmir Wildlife Park and Atatürk Organized Industrial Zone, Çamaltı Salt Marsh and Çiğli Air Base.

TC Beykoz Belediye Başkanlığı (TC Beykoz municipality)

Beykoz is one of the municipalities of Istanbul Metropolitan City and it was established in 1984. It is located on the Anatolian side of Istanbul and northern end of the Bosporus. It has coasts from Bosporus to the Black Sea. The name Beykoz is derived from “BEY”, in which the meaning prince, lord or gentleman, and “KOZ” that is a word for a type of walnut (and Beykoz is famous for its walnuts as well). Beykoz consists of 45 neighborhoods. The surface area of Beykoz is 310,36 km2. The total number of Beykoz population is 246.700. From past to the present days, Beykoz becomes an important place for various cultures. The signs of Thracians, Bithynians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Genoeses, Byzantines and finally Turks can be seen. In addition to its historical significance, Beykoz has unique natural beauties either. It has long coastal road and large forested places.

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Kentsel Gelişim Derneği

“Kentsel Gelisim Dernegi” is a non-governmental organization that aims to create social opportunities for young people and adults to expand their horizons, strengthen their self-esteem, support learning and personal development since 2014 in Malatya City and Malatya Metropolitan Municipality. In Malatya, the work of non-governmental organizations engaged in local and national dialogue with local government and other public institutions. The NGO focuses on youth awareness, education, community information on the European dimension, citizenship to build consciousness with social, cultural and educational support.

Union of Central Anatolian Municipalities Statutes

Central Anatolia Municipalities Union is a public organisation. Republic of Turkey Central Anatolia Municipalities Union is established upon the document of Ministery of Interior Affairs with the date 15.01.1991 and number 15053 and the permission date 25.01.1991 and number 91/1427 of the Council of Ministers. Central Anatolia Municipalities Union service centers’ property is on the Union.