Foreign Relations Directorate
Represents municipalities at home and abroad, to be members of institutions, organizations, unions, associations, foundations and similar organizations operating in the field of local governments, to support international relations and cooperation of municipalities and to facilitate access to international networks. Provides cooperation, conducts join projects with public institutions and organizations, local administrations, universities, non-governmental organizations, professional organizations and chambers and similar international organizations on issues that will help the development of municipal work and local services and to support the development of sister city relations based on the decision of the Assembly. Follows the local government developments in the world, to support the municipalities in structuring and producing services in accordance with these developments. Supports local governments of our country in the European Union (EU) harmonization process. Contributes to the formation of the EU acquis on local governments and to guide its implementation. Operates for the achievement of UMT’s goals, represents its members, follows the agenda of international local governments. Opens representative offices or liaison offices abroad when necessary in order to establish direct contact with interested parties in accordance with international agreements and foreign policy, pursuant to the assembly decision with the opinion of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with the permission of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Conducts the secretarial works of the delegations of Turkish local government bodies partake in international institutions and organizations.