Izmir Valiliği- (Izmir Governorship) – EU & Foreign Relations Office
Izmir Governorship is one of the 81 provincial governorships of Turkey. Izmir is the third biggest city in Turkey in terms of population. Izmir Governorship is a local public authority that coordinates all activities, such as education, health, security, environment, public works, culture, tourism etc. in the province. The EU & Foreign Relations Office, established in 2007, which is a sub-unit of Izmir Governorship works with the aim to increase awareness on the EU accession period. The office develops multilateral European projects on school and adult education, culture, social inclusion, and other social subjects. As a governmental organization it also provides free guidance and counseling services for organizations working on youth, women and adult education, inclusion and empowerment of disadvantaged groups. The aim of the Office is to increase the number and quality of the EU projects developed in Izmir, to share experiences and information in Izmir and within other EU member countries.
The services provided by Izmir Governorship -European Union and Foreign Relations Office can be listed under four main topics:
1- Promotion and Dissemination Activities
EU and other international project calls are promoted through Izmir Governorship -European Union and Foreign Affairs Office’s web site and social media accounts (facebook and twitter)
2- Education and Training Activities
Izmir Governorship –EU & Foreign Relations Office provides Project Cycle Management trainings. These trainings usually last 3 days and participants learn how to write a European project with simulations.
3- Guidance and Counseling Activities
The Office provides free guidance and counseling services as public service through phone, e-mail and face to face meetings regarding mainly EU projects but also for other fundings.
4- Project Activities
Many projects have been prepared by our experts on different subjects mainly on education, rural development, and sustainable social development. Up to now we have developed 44 projects that have the total grant of 5.991.945 Euros.
The Office will coordinate the “CA@SE” project as it has significant experience in project management and well known reputation among units dealing with EU Affairs in the Governorates of Turkey.
Izmir Governorship has 256 personnel. Currently, EU and Foreign Relations Office have 3 project specialists, a chief and being directed by the Chief Clerk. The office reports to deputy governor responsible from EU Affairs.