The Union of Municipalities of Marmara, around Istanbul, is certainly one of the most active association of municipalities in Türkiye.
They participate actively in the international and European activities, in particular thanks to the commitment and dynamic engagement of the Director, Mr Murat Daoudov, whom Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA, visited on the 12th of February 2011.
ALDA and the Union of Marmara already cooperate together in the framework of activities of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities. The Union is also member and Vice President of the network of NALAS, the Network of the Association of Local Authorities from South Eastern Europe.
Recently, the Union of Municipalities participated in the partners’ search for LDA Kosovo launched by ALDA, and the city of Yalova, from the Marmara Region, participates actively as partner of the Agency and hosted the partner meeting in February.
Considering that the Union is interested to have activities and twining initiatives, mostly in the Balkans and Southern Caucasus, there is a great potentiality for cooperation.
The Union of Municipalities of the Region of Marmara is currently following the process for joining ALDA in 2011.