İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer told the story of 31 days from March 2019, 550, when he was elected. Stating that they are walking resolutely on the path they set out by saying “another life is possible”, Soyer also gave the good news that the Botanic Exposu will be held in Izmir in 2026.
“We all exist together and we need each other. Saying that we are actually İzmir together, Mayor Soyer said “We are actually İzmir together. We will find ways to live together in peace, we will either find a way or make a way. You will see, we will, because this is our common destiny. We are capable of this, ”he said.
İzmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer, who achieved a historical success with over 31 percent of the votes in the local elections held on 2019 March 58, made the evaluation of his first 550 days in office with a meeting where representatives from different parts of the city were invited. The meeting titled “Another Life is Possible in İzmir” at the Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center was held with a diluted seating arrangement due to pandemic measures. President Tunç Soyer made a presentation under nine main headings, implemented democratic local government practices, efforts to improve agriculture, social projects aimed at reducing poverty and inequality, improving employment, nature-friendly actions, steps taken in the field of transportation, a crisis management model focused on solidarity in the pandemic process, He talked about the urban infrastructure investments and the breakthroughs that aim to make İzmir a world city with the works in the field of culture and arts.
550 days of democracy
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer started his presentation by referring to the vision of İzmir summarized under the title of “three sessions” during the election campaign process and reminded Kiraz's visit to Dokuzlar village, where he received the least votes after the election. Underlining that the main starting points in Izmir are to enlarge the development struggle of the city from the local, to increase welfare and to ensure fair distribution, President Soyer said: “We said that we will establish a city coalition in Izmir and we will listen to everyone. While fulfilling this promise, we hold regular meetings with non-governmental organizations and trade associations in Izmir. We produce policies by listening to the demands of every segment. We go to our districts far from the center and organize meetings with mukhtars. As we promised in the elections, we go to the back neighborhoods with our Municipality bureaucrats by Mobile Authority. We find the opportunity to touch the headmen and the citizens, we immediately direct our municipal teams to listen to the demands and solve the problems quickly. "
Huge steps in transportation
President Soyer stated that they brought the Narlıdere subway construction, which they took over with 12 percent completed, to a completion rate of 125 percent with an investment of 65 Million Euros: “We will finish the 11,2 km subway on time, on the promised date, without the support of the central government. We will have opened and finished the Metro tunnel in July. Turkey's history with the most reasonable cost, we will present the use of the subway in 2022 Izmirliyan built the fastest. We have made great progress in the way of realizing the Buca Metro, the biggest investment project in Izmir's history, which we have been struggling for a long time. As our first job, we have been working hard to generate investment opportunities from international financial institutions. At present, the financial partnership we established under the leadership of the European Bank of Reconstruction and with a contribution of 125 Million Euros, Black Sea Development 115 Million Euro, French Development 125 Million Euro, Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank have taken a policy decision to contribute 125 Million Euro. We have agreed to make a total investment of 490 Million Euros. We are performing the tender for the construction of our Çiğli Tram line within two weeks, on November 5, 2020. 11-kilometer Çiğli Tramway, Karşıyaka It is a continuation of the tram and consists of 14 stations. Çiğli tram will be put into service in 2023. We are knitting İzmir with iron nets. We renewed one third of the bus fleet. We bought 451 new buses. With this purchase, we signed the largest single bus tender in the country in 2020. Having the youngest naval fleet in Europe, İZDENİZ continues to get stronger with new ships. After Fethi Sekin Arabian Ferry, which started its voyage in August, Uğur Mumcu Arabalı Ferry is counting the days to be included in the fleet. We are implementing the Izmir Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan. We are strengthening the urban cycling infrastructure in Izmir and integrating cycling with public transportation vehicles. "
Another agriculture in Izmir
President Tunç Soyer, the remaining 550-day period to diversify the Izmir agriculture, and said said they had taken many steps to support the sales of the product: "With the passing of status neighborhood of the village, Turkey was damaged at a level that agriculture will not deny that no sector of society, is overthrown. We say that another agriculture is possible both to end this great injustice and to strengthen the economy of İzmir. " Stating that the vision of Another Agriculture is Possible is based on four basic principles, President Soyer said: “The first is to take care of indigenous seeds and native animal breeds. Our second principle is to process our products and to increase their added value, to brand them. The third is getting stronger by coming together, that is, becoming a cooperative. Because the small producers must come together and defend their rights together in order to survive. Our last issue is to market the product in national and international markets. At this point, our municipal company İZFAŞ is of vital importance. We open our small producers who do not have experience in branding, e-commerce and export to the world with our fairs.
35 specially designed parks are coming
Mayor Soyer stated that it is considered one of the main duties of local governments to produce and implement policies regarding nature and summarized the works they have done in this context as follows: “35 very special parks, which we call Living Parks, are located in the Meles Valley, Gediz Delta, Yamanlar Mountain and the Peninsula. We are rolling out to the entire province, starting from Olivelo Area. "
30 square meters of green space per person
Stating that they consider green infrastructure, increasing green areas as one of the most fundamental infrastructure priorities with the new strategic plan, Soyer said, “In this direction, doubling the amount of green space per person in İzmir; We have completed all the technical work to increase it from 16 square meters to 30 square meters. Our Green City Action Plan, which we have prepared with the grant from the European Development Bank, will be presented to our Municipal Council at the end of this year and will accelerate many of our investments in green infrastructure ”. Stating that they have made the UNESCO World Natural Heritage application for the Gediz Delta, Soyer said, “With the project prepared within the scope of HORIZON 2020, the highest budgeted grant program of the European Union, İzmir has been awarded a 2,5 million euro grant. "We applied the nature-based landscape solutions, the first examples of which we realized in this project, in Peynircioğlu Creek, and now we are expanding it to the whole city."
The memory of Bekir Coşkun and Pako will be kept alive
President Soyer announced that they have laid the foundations of a European-standard rehabilitation and adoption center for stray animals in Bornova Gökdere. Stating that they will place Pako in memory of Bekir Coşkun, the environmentally friendly master journalist whose name we recently lost, Soyer said, “We will complete our Dog Rehabilitation and Adoption Center, which is established on an area of 35 thousand square meters, in 2021”.
"Emergency Solution" for those in the back row
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer stated that they encourage coexistence by fighting all kinds of discrimination and hate speech and that they established the Urban Justice and Equality Branch Directorate in order to ensure the spread of peace and human rights culture to every corner of the city. Underlining that the secret of change is to see and listen to the problems in the back neighborhoods of İzmir, Soyer continued as follows: “We created Emergency Solution teams to identify the problems in the back neighborhoods on site and respond to their needs in a short time. Together with our teams, we go to these neighborhoods and listen and solve problems in the fastest way possible. The emergency solution team both increases the speed of the municipality's business and strengthens the ties between all Izmir residents. "
Stating that Masal Evleri is one of the most valuable projects spread in the back neighborhoods, Tunç Soyer said, “The purpose of Masal Evleri, which we established to develop children's skills; creating equal opportunities for children. While children receive education with fun, our Vocational Factory offers vocational and skill courses for their mothers. In 6 Fairy Tale Houses we have opened so far; We gave courses to 275 women who are not working and we continue to do so ”. President Soyer also emphasized that the Milk Lamb project has developed with new producer cooperatives and reached 30 districts.
Social gender equality
Inclusion of women in every moment of life; Drawing attention to the vital importance of democracy, peace, equality and the sense of justice, President Soyer said, “We have a great responsibility for women's participation in the workforce and decision-making mechanisms. In our rural development projects, we give priority to our women producers in People's Grocery, producer and district markets. In our Vocational Factory, we provide employment-guaranteed trainings that give women a job. "We are opening the first of Key social life centers, where we offer holistic services to women, in Örnekköy, on 25 November Day of Combating Violence Against Women, and we will increase their number even more."
As soon Appointed Public Health Department Chief Soyer said that they established the Presidency, pandemic conditions by a very rapid institutional renewal of life passing by example not this practice in Turkey "Crisis municipality is" expressed that they gave the name.
President Soyer emphasized that as soon as the pandemic started, they established a scientific committee consisting of doctors, healthcare professionals and academicians, and continued as follows: “We implemented the People's Bakkalı, the Suspended Book, the Suspended Bill with all the people of İzmir. In distance education during the pandemic period; Our municipality mobilized its facilities for our students who do not have internet and computers at home. We transformed our municipal facilities into training centers. In addition, we distribute 20 GB internet to 4 thousand students who do not have internet, and tablets to 3 thousand students. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality has been the first municipality to initiate the maskematics application in order to facilitate free access of citizens to the mask in the fight against the covid-19 epidemic. We only inspire the solutions we produce pandemics in the world not to Turkey. "
Quality of life is improving
Reminding that he spoke about the record asphalt years during the election campaign period, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Soyer said, “We are conducting a very meticulous work both on the main arteries and streets in the city. Our İZBETON teams intensified the asphalt paving, parquet flooring, and key stone flooring works all over the city during the epidemic, when the traffic density was greatly reduced. We municipality is engaged in the way most villages in Turkey, "he said.
Izmir, Turkey's urban transformation in place until it is done anywhere Soyer stressed that, "We are preserving the people's right to choose their neighbors, so we're paying attention to the urban transformation of the culture of life remain the same. The tender was concluded in Ege Mahallesi. The third and fourth stages are in line in Örnekköy. Human housing is a right to the city. We are working hard to achieve this, ”he said. President Soyer added that the New Bus Terminal project was determined by an international architectural project competition.
Swimming in the Gulf is not a dream
Saying that with the rental of Levent Marina facilities, the accommodation and repair area of the ships belonging to İZDENİZ was solved and children in the back quarters who cannot reach the sea in these facilities, Soyer said, “In Güzelbahçe, at a point very close to the city center, the blue bayraklı We opened our public beach. One day Karataş and KarşıyakaWe want to feel the pride of building a beach in Turkey and hoisting the blue flag. 'We will clear the bay, from Konak KarşıyakaI said 'we will swim', I am behind this promise. It is possible for nature to renew itself. If we do what is necessary and prevent pollution, the Gulf will actually clean itself. Unfortunately, the rainwater and sewage channels gathered in the same place and ultimately contaminated the Gulf. When we put an end to this pollution, the Bay will renew itself. The natural current and bottom waves of the Gulf are already doing the cleaning. We are bidding for a 378 km canal. We will separate rainwater and dirty water. We will pour the rainwater into the Gulf. We will send the waste water to the treatment plant. And I will swim in the bay. We will swim in the bay. "
Izmir gets its city theater
Stating that they want to create a climate that does not only consume but also produces in seven branches of art and that will enable new schools to be born, President Soyer said, “We want to do this in every corner of Izmir, in its back streets. One of the projects we are planning is the New Alsancak Project. In order to activate the back of the port area as an artistic center of development and attraction, we had requested an Electricity Factory in this region and won the tender. However, the tender was canceled due to reasons we could not understand. But we are not daunted. We bought the historical Yıldız Cinema and Bıçakçı Han. We will quickly complete the restoration work of these two outstanding buildings. The two buildings, which we will transform into popular culture and art centers of our city in a way that suits their past, will shine brightly in the Basmane region where they are located. With the Cinema İzmir project, we say 'You will have a good reason to shoot your movie in İzmir'. Our first step was to establish the Izmir Cinema office. Izmir Cinema Office; It plays a role in facilitating and increasing the attractiveness of the city for more productions such as movies, television series, clips and commercials to be shot in İzmir. We are also establishing the Cinema Museum in Izmir. This museum will also be a center worthy of Izmir. We are bringing the first structure of our country built as an opera house to İzmir. In Mavişehir, the construction of Opera İzmir continues at full speed. Our efforts to support creative industries in Izmir are not limited to these. We are realizing the long-awaited Izmir Metropolitan Municipality City Theater, it will have the Izmir City Theater in the new year. Izmir will be a city where culture and arts will find a stronger life. "
World city İzmir
Stating that they are pursuing the return of İzmir's reputation in order to increase the welfare of the city, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Soyer said “Thanks to the connection we have established with the world, we increase our economic, cultural and social exchanges and build a richer life in İzmir”. President Soyer stated that the transactions of the Moscow and Brussels offices established for both tourism and economic relations have been completed and said: “Our promotion and economic cooperation offices in China, USA and Germany will also come to life with the alleviation of the pandemic. Thus, we will attract both tourists and investments to İzmir. We will organize the World Municipalities Union Culture Summit, one of the most important cultural events in the world, in 2021 in Izmir. The world's leading cultural producers, artists and opinion leaders will come to Izmir and get to know our city and our culture. This summit will be a springboard in realizing our larger goals, for example, to make Izmir the European Capital of Culture. We brought İzmir the right to organize Terra Madre, the world's largest food gastronomy fair, in Anatolia for the first time. We will have the opportunity to introduce our flavors and agricultural products to tens of thousands of guests from over 2022 countries at Terra Madre, the Mother Earth Food Festival, which we will organize in 100.
2026 Botanic EXPO in Izmir
Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer announced a news that is of great importance in terms of introducing Izmir to the world for the first time at the meeting. Soyer said, “We will organize the 2026 Botanic EXPO in İzmir. Botanical Expo will make a great contribution to both the development and international recognition of our city, while igniting the ornamental plants sector in our city. "Botanic Expo will be an important milestone on the way to 2030 World Expo."
We built trust in the West and the East
Regarding the success of the municipality in the financial field, Mayor Soyer said: “We had an intensive working period with International Financial Institutions and achieved very concrete results. Thus, we both increased and diversified our resources that enable huge infrastructure investments. For the first time in İzmir's history, we received investments from organizations such as the Black Sea Development Bank. The investment we received from the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank for the construction of Narlıdere Metro was the first infrastructure resource given by the bank to any municipality in the world. Thus, our municipality gained the trust of not only the Western world but also the Asian sources. This trust we have created has given dynamism to our economic sectors. "
We are İzmir ...
In the last part of his speech, President Soyer drew attention to the prevailing injustice and labor exploitation in the world. Stating that humanity has to face these two realities, Soyer ended his speech with the following words: “We will increase the welfare with the port, technology, democracy, agriculture and tourism in İzmir on the one hand ... . Be sure we will win. We will achieve this together. Because we all exist together and we need each other. We are actually İzmir together. We will find ways to live together in peace and love together, we will either find a way or make a way. You will see, we will, because this is our common destiny. We can do that. I say, we are Izmir. "
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer also tasted the first Izmir mozzarella made from the milk of buffaloes, which he donated to women producers in order to revive the water buffalo breeding in Selçuk, on the stage after his protection. After the meeting, the guests were served İzmir Mozerella.
550 Days Exhibition can be visited until December 31st
Following the presentation of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, the exhibition was visited in chronological order of the prominent projects of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality since 31 March 2019. 550 Days Exhibition, which includes photographs, images and videos, will be open to visitors until 31 December 2020.
Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer, his wife Neptün Soyer, his daughters Duygu and Defne, as well as CHP Deputy Chairman Ahmet Akın, CHP Party Assembly (PM) members Rıfat Nalbantoğlu and Devrim Barış Çelik, CHP İzmir MPs Sevda Erdan Kılıç, Atilla Sertel and Mahir Polat, CHP Provincial Chair Deniz Yücel, Good Party İzmir Provincial Chair Hüsmen Kırkpınar, Felicity Party İzmir Provincial Chair Mustafa Erduran, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Mayor Mustafa Özuslu, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Secretary General Dr. Buğra Gökçe, district mayors, honorary consuls, managers of professional organizations and non-governmental organizations, rectors of universities in İzmir and business people attended.