Union of Municipalities of Eastern-Western Thrace - TrakyaKent

Forum “Territorial Cooperation in an extended Europe: the role of local authorities”, Istanbul, 17 May 2012 :



 

On 17 May 2012, the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) in cooperation with the host member Euroregion Polis-Kent "Ram Trakia" (Municipal Association of East West Thrace) organised a Forum on “Territorial Cooperation in an extended Europe: the role of local authorities” in Istanbul.


In the Opening Session, Mr Kolyo MILEV, Chairman of the Bulgarian Regional Municipalities Association of Thrace “RAM TRAKIA”, Mr Adem DALGIÇ, Chairman of East-West Thracian Municipalities’ Union TRAKYAKENT as well as Mr Kadir TOPBAS, Chairman of the Union of Municipalities of Turkey addressed the participants (video of the opening).

In the Second Session, which was moderated by Sinan CETIZ, Secretary General of TRAKYAKENT, examples of good practice were presented. Mr Ivan VARLYAKOV, Secretary General of the Bulgarian Regional Municipalities Association of Thrace “RAM TRAKIA”, Mr Miguel Angel CRESPO, in charge of Cross-border Cooperation at the Government of the Basque Country, presented good examples of cooperation. In this framework, Mr Crespo explained the multi-level cross-border cooperation between the Basque Country (ES) and the Region of Aquitaine (FR, click here for the video) .

After a coffee break a Colloquium took place, where all participants had the chance to exchange their views, followed by final Conclusions and the Closing of the Forum.

In the evening a Gala Dinner was organized for the participants.

For more information about the host Euroregion Polis-Kent "Ram Trakia" (Municipal Association of East West Thrace): 

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