The online International Town Twinning Summit was held on 12-13 November 2020 within the scope of “Town Twinning Between Turkey and EU Project” implemented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Directorate for EU Affairs.
The Summit was commenced with the opening speeches of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Director for EU Affairs Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı, Head of EU Delegation to Turkey Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, Chairman of Local Administration Policies Council Presidency of the Republic of Turkey Prof. Dr. Şükrü Karatepe and Mayor of Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality and President of Union of Municipalities of Turkey Fatma Şahin. President of Congress of Local and Regional Authorities-Council of Europe and Vice President of Committee of Regions Anders Knape participated in the Summit through a video message.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Director for EU Affairs Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı emphasized the importance of the solidarity between local and regional actors in both Turkey and EU, developing mutual working relationships and responding to common challenges together during the Turkey’s EU membership process.
Representatives of local authorities, universities, civil society organizations in addition to numerous international organizations from Turkey and the EU participated in the Summit. In the two days Summit, panels and twin talks were held on the issues of Town Twinning Between Turkey and EU Project, liveable cities, roles of local and regional governments for combating COVID-19, EU enlargement and Turkey, nature and green cities, best practices for local governments and sustainable cities.
For further information about summit, please visit http://www.twinningconference.com and about Town Twinning Project, please visit www.yereldeab.org.tr/towntwinning