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12-Star City Büyükçekmece

"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.

12-Star City Beşiktaş

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.

12-Star City Izmit

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.

12-Star City Kadikoy

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.

12-Star City Kahramankazan

Kahramankazan is a rapidliy growing district located 30 km rom the capital Ankara covering an area of 56 thousand hectares and comprising of a treasure of history , nature and culture. Together with the employment , the district population of 100 thosand and a such ranks the leading district of Ankara and the 37th most developing district in Turkey. In 2004 there were small scale industrial organizations in Kazan in addition to agriculture and animal husbandry. A 50 year development plan was prepared for the district in 2004. Today the district has become globally noteworthy for its large scale private and public investments.

12-Star City Karsiyaka

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.

Partner cities

Municipality of Safranbolu

Until this year, we were a member of the Board of Directors of the OWHC. We have been a world heritage city since 1994. We are a very active local authority as a municipality. This is our first ELDW experience.

Partner associations

Association for Promoting Local Participation

The mission of our association is to have a “City Council” established, which already should have been founded on the basis of the instructions of the law on Municipalities in Turkish legislation (Nr.5393, Article 76) enacted in July 2005.

The City Council, as the ... Read more »

Union of Municipalities of Turkey

The Union of Municipalities of Turkey (UMT) dates back to 1945 and is the sole union for municipalities at national level. It was transformed into a legal public entity in 2005, in compliance with Article 20 of the Law No. 5355 on the Local Authorities Union as part of ... Read more »