Soyer: 'The European Award Started to Open Incredible Doors to İzmir'

Soyer European Award Unbelievable Doors Started to Open to Izmir
Soyer: 'The European Award Started to Open Incredible Doors to İzmir'

The 111th meeting of the Izmir Economic Development Coordination Board was held at the Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center. İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor, who said that his contacts in Brussels, Vienna and Strasbourg had very important results. Tunç Soyer“The European Award has been very beneficial for İzmir. It started to open incredible doors for us,” he said.

İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor at the 111th meeting of İzmir Economic Development Coordination Board (İEKKK) Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center Tunç SoyerIt was hosted by . President Soyer stated that the meetings they held in Brussels, Vienna and Strasbourg in October were very productive for İzmir and said, “We opened an İzmir House in Brussels. This has been the most productive of our contacts in Brussels. We had conversations at the highest level. There is the Interreg NEXT Cross-Border Cooperation Program in the Mediterranean Basin. For 10 years, we used to apply to be a party here and to benefit from the grant programs. Izmir was always kept out. Izmir was included for the first time. A resource of 253 million euros has been allocated to this title. We immediately started working within this framework. We went to Vienna to meet with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Again, we had high-level talks. I can say that they are extremely generous in transferring resources about İzmir. The European Award has been very beneficial to İzmir. It started to open incredible doors for us.”

“We will host the Union of Mediterranean Municipalities”

Stating that they met with the President of the Committee of the Regions in Strasbourg, where they went for the General Assembly of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, President Soyer continued his words as follows: “The Committee of the Regions is a kind of parliament that runs parallel to the European Parliament and only includes regional representatives. . As Izmir, we are the only one from Turkey. We are one of the 18 council members. We have a very strong say there. As İzmir, we are hosting the Union of Mediterranean Municipalities on 7-8 November. We will host around 80 mayors from the Mediterranean region.”

“We take it as our duty”

At the meeting, the “city parking lot” presentation prepared by Izmir Chamber of Commerce, Aegean Region Chamber of Industry, Izmir Commodity Exchange and Aegean Exporters' Associations was made. Minister Tunç Soyer“It is necessary to set out with a common mind with the participation of all the dynamics of the city. Scientific discipline is also required. We take it as our duty. We will bring it to a point by including all the dynamics, comparing it with the previous studies with the master plan, and taking the lead on new trends.”

“If we save Kemeraltı, we will save İzmir”

TARKEM General Manager Sergenç İneler and İzmir Metropolitan Municipality City History and Publicity Department Head Mehriban Yanık gave information about the Kemeraltı and Surrounding Renewal Area projects and the UNESCO World Heritage process. After the presentations, President Soyer said, “On the one hand, we continue to strive for total global improvement, on the other hand, we continue to walk step by step in the street rehabilitation, floor change, roof cover and facade improvement related to Kemeraltı's capillaries. Kemeraltı has been the most vital project of İzmir for us since the beginning. Kemeraltı is the leverage of this city. We will do our best to the end of Kemeraltı," he said.

“We are demonstrating the will of Izmir”

Güven Eken, Advisor to the Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, made a presentation on the work of the "Economics Congress of the Second Century". President Soyer said, “When we reach February 17, we will have created the ground where the clues that will shape the economic policies of the next century are revealed. We are demonstrating the will of Izmir. We will put this before all political parties, professional chambers, unions and associations. Then we will follow up. If we have done this with such great effort, spending time and using resources, there will be a reward for it. We will follow up,” he said.

Günceleme: 28/10/2022 10:49

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