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12-Star City Ahmetbey

Dating back to the historical Thracians, Ahmetbey is one of the important settlement centers of the Marmara Region. It serves a total population of 15.000, including municipal activities, factories and businesses, industrial site, Family Health Center and Pharmacy, post office and ATM services, artisan variety and district bazaar and surrounding villages and towns. The economy of Ahmetbey is based on trade, agriculture and animal husbandry.

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 Edremit

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.

12-Star City 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.

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 from 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 100.000 is the leading district of Ankara and the 37th most developing district in Turkey. In 2004 there were small scale industrial organisations 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.

12-Star City Lüleburgaz

The total population of Lüleburgaz is based on the exact population determination results of 2014 (140,236). This (108.576) 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.

12-Star City Rize

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).

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Suleymanpasa

Suleymanpasa Municipality serves to 73 districts headed by Mayor Ekrem Eskinat, four vice presidents, city council and 18 directorates. The aim of the Suleymapasa Municipality is the protection of historical and natural sites while improving tourism, agriculture and farming, industry and technology. Our biggest goal is to provide a city to our people where they can have a high-quality and contemporary life by accommodating themselves to changing lifestyle.

Yunusemre

Yunusemre is one of the two central districts of the province of Manisa, which is an industrial, cultural and commercial city. Yunusemre is only 20 minutes away from Izmir, which gives Yunusemre several advantages due to the proximity to the country’s 3rd most developed city. We have one of the largest and most developed Organized Industry Zones in the country. Prominent brands and companies such as Vestel Group, Indesit, Bosch, Schneider, ECA, Eczacibasi and Ulker have chosen this city as their production sites. It is the second largest commercial and industrial city in the Agean Region.

Şişli

Şişli’s district is one of the 39 municipalities of İstanbul with a population of about 316 000 inhabitant. Demographic structure of Şişli is multi-cultural and includes people from different socio-cultural, religious and economic backgrounds. Municipality established the “Social Equality Unit” in 2016 to guarantee and monitor providing these equal services for all parts of the society especially for the disadvantaged groups including women, LGBTI, disabled, refugees, Roma, minorities, children and elderly.

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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.