This year İzmir was deemed worthy of the European Award given by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor at the award ceremony held in Smyrna Ancient Agora Tunç Soyer“I am receiving this award on behalf of the 4,5 million people of İzmir, whose hearts beat for unity in the multitude. I entrust it to the beautiful children and beautiful young people of beautiful İzmir.” CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu also attended the night of pride.
İzmir, which was selected as the city that best represents European values by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and deserved to receive the 2022 Europe Award, has received its statuette symbolizing the award. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor was awarded the award in the program of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, which applied on behalf of the city. Tunç Soyergiven to.
CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and his wife Selvi Kılıçdaroğlu, CHP General Secretary and PACE Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development Commission Chairman Selin Sayek Böke, CHP executives and deputies, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor, attended the ceremony held in Symrna Ancient Agora. Tunç Soyer and his wife Neptün Soyer, CHP İzmir Provincial President Deniz Yücel, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Despina Chatzivassiliou-Tsovilis, PACE Europe Award Subcommittee Chairman Carmen Leyte and many guests.
The award is entrusted to the children and youth of İzmir
President speaking at the inauguration Tunç Soyer“There is no doubt about it. Izmir, the city of liberation and establishment, is appreciated. You can be sure that we are behind you until the end in your struggle to lead Turkey to much more hopeful and fruitful days together with İzmir.” President Soyer stated that he received the award on behalf of 4,5 million people of Izmir, whose hearts beat for unity in the multitude, and said, "I entrust this award to the beautiful children and beautiful youth of beautiful İzmir."
We integrate Izmir with the world
Emphasizing that the country is going through a period in which it is increasingly introverted, President Soyer said, “It is struggling with the economic crisis and the cost of living. Despite all the negative conditions, we integrate İzmir with the world. We continue to carry the AAA credit rating with the strong financial management of the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. As in the Buca Metro, we continue to attract large-scale international investments to our country. Our city was declared the world's first CittaSlow Metropolis due to its unique urbanism vision. By bringing many international meetings, especially fairs, to our city, we make İzmir a bridge between Mediterranean and world cities. We opened Izmir Houses in Brussels and 5 cities in Germany, thus establishing economic and cultural cooperation between Europe and our city. All of these are the result of the democratic values we defend in İzmir and our understanding of local government that is open to the world.”
Böke: “İzmir receives this award for shedding light on the second century of our republic”
PACE Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development Commission Chairman and CHP General Secretary Selin Sayek Böke said, “Nothing greater than this award can say that we will build a future that calls for democracy, rule of law and human rights in the second century of our Republic. Europe is a set of values, not just a geography. In that whole, there is participatory democracy, equality between women and men, justice and the rule of law, and a sustainable development perspective that lives in harmony with nature. PACE gives this award to cities that keep these values alive and carry them to the future. İzmir receives this award because it brings these values into existence and sheds light on the second century of our Republic. I congratulate you wholeheartedly,” he said.
“İzmir is one of our most beautiful flowers”
PACE Secretary General Despina Chatzivassiliou-Tsovilis said: “We work for human rights. Our voice will be heard more in Izmir. Our Council of Europe garden is becoming more inclusive. Izmir is one of our most beautiful flowers.”
Thanks to President Soyer
Carmen Leyte, Chairman of the PACE Europe Award Subcommittee, said, “The Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, who received this award Tunç Soyer and congratulations to those involved. We are here to present this highest and unique award to municipalities. Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Tunç Soyerworks consistently in the city. This award, rightly given to you by the Council of Europe today, marks a culmination in the history of the city. You also honored Turkey. This award is a lasting result of the multiple dynamics that have been permanently embedded in our city over the years, both in the public and private spheres. It is based on mutual learning with other countries and cultures, and respect for the environment and human rights. İzmir now has 24 sister cities in the world.”
Carmen Leyte, Chairman of the PACE Europe Award Subcommittee, presented the award to the Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality after her speech. Tunç Soyergave it to
The European Prize, given since 1955, is defined as the highest-level award that not only is the most important tool for the development of relations between European citizens, but also promotes European ideals. The international visibility of the award-winning cities and their communication with other municipalities are increasing. The European Prize is awarded to one or two municipalities each year from among the applicants who have previously won the Flag of Honor and the Plaque of Honor.
İzmir received the Flag of Honor and Plaque of Honor
İzmir, which was awarded the "Flag of Honor" in 1970 and the "Plaque of Honor" in 2014, applied for the European Award on January 15, 2022, with a file describing its membership in international organizations, cooperation with cities abroad, project partnerships and international activities. . Izmir was shortlisted with Bamberg and Ingolstadt from Germany, Palanga from Lithuania, Bolesławiec from Poland and Ternopil from Ukraine.