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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.


"More Modern Büyükçekmece, Happier People from Büyükçekmece." Büyükçekmece is well-known on account of its agricultural and tourist potential. It developed rapidly in the 1980s and its population grew day by day. From 1994 onwards great efforts were made in terms of urban planning (sewage network, decontamination facilities, parks, monitoring of the environment, overhead energy and telecommunication networks placed underground, lighting systems etc.). Büyükçekmece has thus become a modern district. Büyükçekmece Municipality has organised dazzling cultural activities and projects in co-operation with the European Union and other institutions.

Bagcilar Municipality

Bağcılar Municipality was established in 1992 and is a local government serving a population of 748,483. Bağcılar Municipality has developed and implemented its works on methods that facilitate human life since the day it was founded. It has built, realized and organized many service buildings, projects and events for women, children and young people in the district and it is continuing to perfom such activities. Also these groups have their own councils where they can represent themselves.


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.

Izmit Municipality

Izmit Municipality undertakes all local services effectively, efficiently and in harmony within its boundaries with its 980 municipality personnel. As a centre City municipality, it has several functions and responsibilities in health, Technical Affairs, Cultural and Social Affairs and environment. Izmit Municipality prepares many projects related education, culture, youth, disabled and disadvantaged people, children as a target group to ensure realization of all kinds developmental implementation. Also, it undertakes some duties and services for the investment aimed at human below: Izmit Municipality prepares many projects relating educational, cultural, woman, youth, old people, disabled and disadvantaged people, children and in sport fields and to ensure realization of all kinds developmental implementations. Izmit Municipality faciliates many decisions organs to chair their duties and services conferred with other civilian social instutions as a centre municipality. In addition, if we need to give some information about the municipality activities; Gölkaypark (Waterskii Center), EcoPark (Ecological Park), Child Rights School, Woman Social Life Center, History Hall, İzmek (Vacational Courses with 62 different branches). Izmit Municipality is the first municipality in its region, hosting and sending volunteers under European Volunteer Service Program and develops projects related to Youth Program. Izmit Municipality representatives also participated many international EU projects all around Europe and invited over 50 organizations to Izmit in several projects. We are also local relay of Eurodesk Turkey. As International Relations and EU Unit, we are organizing several conferences and trainings for young people to let them know about European opportunities. In a year app. than 2.000 young people benefit from these activities.

Kadikoy Municipality

Kadıköy is a large, populous, and cosmopolitan district of Istanbul, Turkey on the northern shore of the Sea of Marmara, facing the historic city centre on the European side of the Bosporus. Kadıköy is also the name of the most prominent neighbourhood of the district, a residential and commercial area that, with its numerous bars, cinemas and bookshops, is the cultural centre of the Anatolian side of Istanbul.


Karşıyaka is a district of İzmir Province in Turkey. It is part of the Greater Metropolitan Area of İzmir, the second largest after Konak in terms of population, and is almost entirely urbanised at a rate of 99.9 per cent, with corresponding high levels of development in terms of lifestyle and services. Karşıyaka extends for twelve kilometres along the northern and eastern coastline of the tip of the Gulf of İzmir. Karşıyaka's overall level of education is recognised as being of the highest in Turkey Karşıyaka also boasts an advanced urban culture of its own, centred on the cherished Karşıyaka SK football team.

Keçiören Municipality

Keçiören is not only one of the largest municipal districts in Turkey, but it is also a leading municipality in terms of development, innovation and progress. Our goal is to offer the best quality and up-to-date services to our residents. Administratively, we are on our residents’ needs. Keçiören Municipality manages its challenges in a timely fashion, generating effective and creative solutions with forward movement and an eye on the future, and delivering its services to everyone equally and honestly. With its location, dedicated green spaces, and many structures that are a focus of interest, Keçiören is a town that possesses numerous areas of interest that will attract anyone’s attention. Our greatest dream is to make Keçiören a capital of culture where future scholars, thinkers, artists, and collective hope for a better tomorrow will be nurtured. We carry a dream of a prosperous Keçiören for our youth and children as well. The first steps towards making our dream come true for all of our residents have already been taken: we have multiple cultural and educational centers which serve both children and adults, sports venues and facilities, parks and other green areas, environmental and infrastructural planning, schools, hospitals, and numerous other inventive projects. These tangible resources together with a culture of innovative leadership reassure us that Keçiören is already becoming a city of tomorrow.


The total population of Lüleburgaz is based on the exact population determination results of 2018 (147,325). This (115.000) is in the district center and (31.660) is in the towns and villages. This population (51%) is females (49%). The population growth rate is well above the country average and the increase is mainly due to intensive migration from other regions and from the villages.

Maltepe Municipality

« Maltepe Municipality » takes part in the European Local Democracy Week - a paneuropean event coordinated by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe - as « 12-Star City » Maltepe is located in the Eastern part of Istanbul with a long shoreline near the Sea of Marmara. The city’s known history is dated back to the Byzantine Empire, according to historical sources, Maltepe region was known as “Bryas” or the Latin name “Urias” and “Pelekanon”. Today, the oldest settlement known in the city is Bryas. In past, Maltepe was famous for its coastline, nearby a beach named Süreyyapaşa, and the Temple of Sybil within the sea is still the landmark of the city. With a great city park along the shore and excellent view of the Princes’ Islands, today Maltepe is also an attractive place for domestic and foreign visitors. One of the largest Mosque, built according to the traditional standard shape of a Turkish Mosque, the Beşçeşmeler Neighborhood and Bryas Palace are other historical places to see in Maltepe.

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.

Rize municipality

From 1924 onwards, Rize has been a province of the Republic of Turkey.Rize province is a province of north-east Turkey,on the eastern Black Sea Region Rize which lies on the northern side of the Black Sea mountain ranges has uneven and mountainous terrain. It has got a very narrow coastal strip, alluvial plains, and landfills, which has a significant place in Rize’s topography.The Population of Rize is 331.048 The economic structure of Rize is agriculturally based on tea production and tea industry.Fishery and forestry products also contribute to its ecomomy. Rize is famous for anchovy, Tea and Rize fabric which is made of linseed (flax).

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, handicapped 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 city council works actively to ensure democratic participation.

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Avcilar Municipality

Avcilar is one of the most beautiful districts of Istanbul. It is a historical district established by the sea and lake. It has approximately 450 thousand population. It is a city that respects universal human rights. Many ethnic groups live here. There have been migration from many different groups in the last 50 years. It is a Social Democrat municipality and a Human First. On March 31 2019 local elections, Turan Hançerli Turkey's first mayor handicapped was elected at Avcilar. The previous president is a woman. Avcilar have always supported the disadvantaged groups.


BC The first information about the name of the Hakkari region, which has been a settlement since 7000, can be found in X.yy Arab history and geography sources. The famous Arab historian Ibn Havsal; Hakkari in the region meaning Her-kariyan (strong, warrior, able) is the name of the tribes living in that geography. The region has been referred to as Hakkari since Suleiman the Magnificent took part in the Ottoman lands in 1536. The Kurdish name is Colemerg. The Hakkari region reveals that there are short-term settlements starting from the middle paleolithic period dating to 100.000-40.000 BC. The documents revealing that the settlement in the region continued in the Neolithic period are rock paintings found in different places within the provincial borders. An important part of these paintings are those found in the Gevaruk valley, southeast of Hakkari. BC In the 2000s, the first information about the human communities living in the highlands of Eastern Anatolia, including Hakkari, was founded by I.Ö. XIII. According to an inscription of Assyrian King Salmanassar I (1280-1261 BC), communities in this mountainous region continued to exist in the second half of 2000s as independent principalities. This situation continued until the 1000s before BC. However, BC IX. In the early 18th century, the Uriatri (Uratri) and Nairi federations of Hurrian descent came together to resist the non-stop plundering of the Assyrian kingdom from the south In order to find new settlements in 1054, the Turkmens came to Van Lake under the direction of Tugrul Bey and made raids from the Coruh Valley to the Parhan Mountains. Meanwhile, they captured Hakkari for a while. İlhanlı ruler Hülagü, after defeating the caliph's army in Iraq in 1258, wanted to seize Hakkari in order to prove his power in the region. Hülagü came to Hakkari, took the city and killed a significant part of the people and destroyed the region. Towards the 1360s, the tribes in the region united and founded the Hakkari Principality. Izzeddin Sir I was appointed head of the principality. His administration was a period of solidarity, order and peace for Hakkari and its surroundings. In the first 25 years, the Hakkari principality became stronger. Van and Vastan (Gevaş) were connected to İzzeddin Şir. Timur's increasing activity in Eastern Anatolia ended the peace period of the Hakkari principality. Izzeddin was left at the head of the Hakkari principality in Şir. XVII and XVIII. The Hakkari Principality continued to exist in the 18th century. Starting in 1688 alone, the form of governance of the region changed from ‘affiliated government‘ to ‘January‘. XIX. At the beginning of the century, Hakkari region was connected to Van Province. The Russians entered Hakkari on 3 December 1914. After occupying Hakkari for three years, the Russians began to evacuate the regions with the Treaties of Erzincan and Brest-Litovsk after the October Revolution of 1917. The 6th Army in Iraq went north and took control of Hakkari and its region on 22 April 1918. Negotiations were held in Hakkari Lausanne. Armed not taken into conflict with negotiations and agreements with the borders of Turkey. Colemerg, which was occupied by the Russians during World War I, was transformed into the central district of Hakkari province, founded in 1924. When Hakkari became a province in 1936, Colemerg became the central district of Hakkari and gained its present position.

Kahramanmaras Metropolitan Municipality

Kahramanmaraş Metropolitan Municipality (KMM) - The province of Kahramanmaras is located within the borders of the Mediterranean Region. The city is located on a plain at the foot of the Taurus Mountains and has one million inhabitants in 2018.

Municipality of Çiftlikköy

Çiftlikköy is a district municipality of Yalova. Yalova is a city in Turkey with a 240,000 population.The distance between Çiftlikköy and Yalova is only 5kms. With its easy access to the city, Çiftlikköy is one of the most active and attractive districts of Yalova. Istanbul is 1 hour away from Yalova. You can get to Istanbul by usıng the ferry or the highway. The population of Çiftlikköy is about 39,000 and its located in the south of Marmara Sea, therefore, has an amazing beach and beautiful sea views. The history of Çiftlikköy is quite old and its first name in the old days was Pylai. Lots of ruins belonging to theAge and Byzantine Age were found in the region. Çiftlikköy has 1 town, 1 subdistrict and 9 villages

Municipality of Corlu

Çorlu, which have a strategic location in transition from Anatolia to Balkans for centuries, have hosted major civilizations throughout history. Çorlu Municipality was established in 1877 and local goverment serving a population 262.862 Çorlu is well-known on account of its agricultural and industry potential. It developed rapidly in the 1980s and its population grew day by day. Çorlu Municipality has developed and implemented its works on methods that facilitate human life since the day it was founded. It has built, realized and organized many service buildings, projects and events for women, children and young people in the district and it is continuing to perfom such activities.

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

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.

Tekirdağ Metropolitan Municipality

Tekirdağ is a city being close to Istanbul,connecting Europe and Asia.Having the geographical advantage,Tekirdağ has its’ economical and commercial advantages.It has three ports, an international railway network,and an international airline transport network. Tekirdağ is a highly suitable place for tourism in terms of having long time holiday options and visitors on weekends,with a clean sea and having many blue flag destinations, unique natural beauties,historical and cultural values. We work for the purpose of paving the way of branding the city, supporting the enterpreneurs.

Union of Municipalities of Turkey

As we are the secretariat for National delegation of Congress, we are working of CoE relations of Turkish municipalities and we're supporting them about ELDW.

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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.