Establishment and Historical Development
Marmara Municipalities Union (MMU) is the oldest and the largest regional Local Government Association in Turkey with 191 members from the Marmara Region. The MMU operates in 13 cities, 6 of which are metropolises. These are as follows: Balıkesir, Bilecik, Bolu, Bursa, Çanakkale, Düzce, Edirne, Istanbul, Kırklareli, Kocaeli, Sakarya, Tekirdağ, and Yalova.
The 45 municipalities that share a coast on the Marmara Sea or the straits came together in 1973 and decided to act together in order to prevent the pollution of the Marmara Sea and find solutions to environmental problems that crossed the borders of their individual municipalities. As a result of their efforts, a "union" was agreed to be founded within the framework of Chapter 7 (Articles 133-148) of Municipal Law No. 1580. The Marmara Municipalities Union was founded on 25 April 1975, after a two-year preparatory period, under the name of “Union of Municipalities of the Marmara Region”. The center of the union was located in Izmit at the beginning and moved to Istanbul on 25 May 1977 by decision of the General Assembly of the Union. The name of the association was changed to "Marmara Municipalities Union" (MMU) on 30 April 2009.
Since its foundation in 1975, the MMU has played an important role in the formation of a culture of agreement and collaboration among mayors and council members elected from different political parties, and in the development of cooperation between municipalities. It carries on important activities in areas such as training, consulting, maintaining a local government library, local diplomacy, magazine and book publishing, scientific activities, coordination and cooperation, migration and social cohesion studies, environmental management, corporate capacity building, and urbanization.
MMU pioneers such efforts as improving the democratic local government movement in Turkey, increasing the authority and resources of municipalities, raising environmental awareness in local governments, and representing municipalities at the international arena.
|MMU PRESIDENTS SINCE THE FOUNDATION|
|Ali Talip ÖZDEMİR||1994-1995|
|Mehmet Ali BÜKLÜ||1980-1980|
|Ahmet ENÖN (Founder)||1973-1975|
|MMU SECRETARY GENERALS SINCE THE FOUNDATION|
|NAME||BEGIN DATE||END DATE|
|M. Cemil ARSLAN||19.02.2014|