15 July Wednesday

Actions Taken by IMM Against Covid-19 Draws Attention in Europe

The measures taken by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) in Istanbul, one of the most populated cities in the world and one that carries the burden of the coronavirus pandemic most heavily, were published in the EUROCITIES report in July, 2020.

In the report prepared by the Foreign Relations Department of the IMM and the Istanbul Investment Agency (IIA), the measures taken against the pandemic by the IMM since March 2020, when the Covid-19 incidents started in our country, were included in the same report with cities such as Barcelona, Milan, Amsterdam and Paris. 

The actions taken by the IMM for 16 million Istanbulites are explained in detail in the report on measures taken in 5 different categories regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

Category (from the 5 options of the EUROCITIES) are:

- Social measures to provide targeted support to vulnerable groups – elderly, migrants and refugees, homeless, women, children, families in need etc.

- Economic relief measures to help people in need – such as income support, basic material assistance, freezing rent payments for people in social housing, or freezing mortgage payments.

- Economic measures to support local economy – such as financial support to small and medium enterprises, measures to help people buy products and services locally etc.

- Housing measures – e.g. extension of shelters, new emergency housing, etc.

- Recovery measures – any information on how you are working for the recovery in your city.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities. Among its members are the elected local and municipal governments of major European cities. EUROCITIES was founded in 1986 by the mayors of six large cities: Barcelona, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Lyon, Milan and Rotterdam. Today, it brings together the local governments of over 140 of Europe's largest cities and over 45 partner cities, that between them govern 130 million citizens across 39 countries. At the present time, no city from Turkey has full membership with EUROCITIES. While only EU member states can achieve full membership status, Istanbul is an associate member of EUROCITIES.

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