The Union of Municipalities of Turkey (UMT), dates back to 1945, is the sole union for municipalities at national level. It has been transformed to a public legal entity in 2005, in compliance with the Article 20 of the Law No:5355 on Local Authorities Union as part of the Local Authorities Reform Process. Accordingly, all of the 1397 municipalities in Turkey are natural members of the UMT. 

Accordingly our main tasks are;

  • Carrying out effective lobbying activities directed to the Parliament and central administration institutions
  • Giving opinion during the preparation of legislation effecting and relating the municipalities on the basis of the European Charter of Local Self-Government
  • Organizing seminars, panels, conferences, workshops, technical study visits in Turkey and abroad
  • Publishing periodicals and various publications on municipals issues
  • Providing consultancy services on legal, technical and other related municipal issues
  • Collaborating with world organizations and national local authority associations abroad to improve municipal international cooperation
  • Supporting municipalities on the way to accession to the European Union
  • Organizing trainings for mayors, municipal councilors and personel