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Founded in 2011, the Association of Social Democratic Municipalities (SODEM) has 94 members, representing a population of approximately 23 million people across Türkiye.
SODEM aims to advance the political, social, cultural, economic, and technical dialogue between its member municipalities and their counterparts from Europe and from all around the world.
The activities of SODEM can be listed under 4 categories:
Creating a common platform for cooperation by establishing new communication channels among its members and with other stakeholders;
Developing and conducting political, social, and cultural dialogue with all the relevant institutions at the national and international levels; establishing and conducting strategic partnerships and networks for cooperation; carrying out joint actions, mobilizing resources together with partners from the EU and Türkiye.
Supporting and advocating the objectives of its member municipalities: Representing, promoting, and communicating the priorities, perspectives, and preferences of its members, both in Türkiye and on international platforms.
Providing services that enhance the performance of its member municipalities: Transferring knowledge and experiences, benchmarking best practices, engaging with the solutions and products offered by the EU cooperation structure, and localizing them; in order to increase efficiency and develop institutional capacity.
Representation at the international and European levels: Establishing a political, economic, social, and cultural dialogue between member municipalities and their international/EU counterparts; monitoring, evaluation, information sharing, representation, promotion, and communication activities at the EU level.
Board of Directors
TUNÇ SOYERChairperson of SODEM
Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality
RECEP GÜRKANTreasurer, Board Member
Mayor of Edirne Municipality - Provincial Municipality
CEMİL TUGAYBoard Member
Mayor of Karşıyaka Municipality - District of Izmir
BİRSEN ÇELİKBoard Member
Mayor of Bozkurt Municipality - District of Denizli
ALİ KILIÇBoard Member
Mayor of Maltepe Municipality - District of Istanbul
ALİ ORKUN ERCENGİZBoard Member
Mayor of Burdur Municipality - Provincial Municipality
GÖKHAN YÜKSELBoard Member
Mayor of Kartal Municipality - District of Istanbul
RIZA AKPOLATBoard Member
Mayor of Beşiktaş Municipality - District of Istanbul
ŞERDİL DARA ODABAŞIBoard Member
Mayor of Kadıköy Municipality - District of Istanbul
TANJU ÖZCANBoard Member
Mayor of Bolu Municipality - Provincial Municipality
ŞÜKRÜ GENÇBoard Member
Mayor of Sarıyer Municipality - District of Istanbul
ONUR ERYÜCESecretary-General of SODEM
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