25 September Monday

A Visit by EU-Turkey Delegation to IMM…

The EU delegation head to Turkey, Ambassador Christian Berger and his accompanying delegation paid a visit to Mr. Ahmet Selamet, the first Deputy Mayor of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) in his Saraçhane Municipal office today.

Mr. Hüseyin Eren, the deputy-secretary general of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality also attended in the meeting. Both sides have started to talk with each other with the aim of overcoming their differences. Turkey’s EU membership bid was also discussed in the meeting.

MrSelamet thanked Ambassador Christian Berger for coming to visit and presented a vase made by İSMEK trainees to show his thanks. Then, the guest ambassador toured the Municipal Council of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, and also received information concerning the work of the parliament from Mr. Selamet who accompanied up to his car and thanked him for the visit.

History:

The Delegation of the European Union to Turkey started as a Press and Information Centre in 1974 in Ankara.

This office was converted into the 'Representation of the European Commission to Turkey' in 1987, being granted full diplomatic status on the basis of an 'Agreement on the Establishment of the Representation of the Commission of the European Communities in Turkey and on its Immunities and Privileges,' signed in Brussels on 4 February 1987 and published in the Turkish Official Gazette No. 19477 on 4 June 1987.

The name of the Representation of the European Commission to Turkey was changed to the 'Delegation of the European Commission to Turkey' in July 2004, thus bringing it into line with the other Commission Delegations in the world. With the decision taken on November 2009 its name was changed to Delegation of the European Union to Turkey. It is currently the EU's biggest single country delegation in the world, with a staff of over 120 people.






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