The "Green City Action Plan Memorandum of Understanding" was signed between IMM and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Stating that the first project they planned to realize with the EBRD was determined as the “İncirli-Sefaköy-Beylikdüzü TÜYAP Metro Line Project”, İmamoğlu said, “We have been the capital of 3 empires for thousands of years, we have a tremendous cultural asset and we have the obligation to protect it and pass it on to future generations. "As the IMM President, I see myself as the current manager of this great and sacred trust and act with this concept."
The "Green City Action Plan Agreement Signing Ceremony" was held between Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The signing ceremony for the memorandum of understanding prepared between IMM and EBRD was held through the online meeting. At the ceremony; Senior executives of both institutions were present together with IMM President Ekrem İmamoğlu and EBRD President Odile Renaud Basso. The virtual meeting started with Basso's speech.
BASSO: "WE HAVE A VERY ACTIVE COOPERATION WITH ISTANBUL"
Expressing his pleasure to meet İmamoğlu, Basso said, “We have a very nice, effective and active cooperation with Istanbul. We believe that he is one of our very important partners in Turkey. It is of great importance for us to contribute to the development of Istanbul, to further our partnership and to develop projects together. We intend to continue these. Green cities are very important to us. The fact that a city the size of Istanbul, a city with such an economic weight is joining us is really valuable for us. That is why we are very excited to be signing this memorandum of understanding with you, ”he said.
İMAMOĞLU: "WE MAKE MAJOR MOVEMENTS ABOUT RENEWAL"
İmamoğlu, who made a brief summary of Istanbul to Basso and other participants, including its historical importance, problems and solutions, expressed his views on earthquakes threatening the city and Kanal Istanbul. Emphasizing that earthquake is one of the most important threat issues for Istanbul, İmamoğlu said, “We are implementing a major urban transformation towards this, more precisely, projects that will strengthen people's buildings. We are making big moves on renewal in Istanbul. We have to manage this well. We need to strengthen the building stock of the city very much. We need to protect historical assets. Thousands of years, we have been the capital of 3 empires, we have an enormous cultural asset and we have the obligation to protect it and pass it on to future generations. As the IMM President, I see myself as the current manager of this great and sacred trust and act with this concept. Therefore, we are fighting against this threat in terms of both protecting this heritage from the past and protecting the lives of today's inhabitants, ”he said.
"TRANSPARENCY, THE MOST PRECIOUS INDICATOR OF OUR DEMOCRATITY"
Pointing out that another threat issue for Istanbul is Kanal Istanbul, İmamoğlu said, “We are fighting Kanal Istanbul, the project of the central government, which threatens both vital and environmental, as well as its future, in terms of water policies, in every issue. We are against this in the light of all scientific data. I hope we will prevent this from happening. So far, I see that our informing the society has been effective in establishing a stable process. Istanbul is now governed by a municipality where it receives transparent information every day. This transparency is one of the most valuable indicators of our democracy ”.
"WE HAVE SIGNED A VALUABLE COOPERATION"
After the speeches, the "Green City Action Plan Memorandum of Understanding" was signed between İmamoğlu and Basso. Saying, “I am very happy to announce that we have signed a valuable cooperation and to give this good news to all of Istanbul while walking on the road to Green Istanbul”, İmamoğlu said, “As IMM, we signed a valuable contract, an agreement with EBRD. After our sister cities, İzmir and Ankara, participating in the Green Cities Urban Sustainability Program as the 47th member, I believe is also a very important participation for this society ”. Stating that the first project they planned to realize with the EBRD was determined as the "İncirli-Sefaköy-Beylikdüzü TÜYAP Metro Line Project", İmamoğlu said, "We will work in an efficient cooperation on this line, which is very important for our city, and in many projects that will strengthen our vision of 'Green City Istanbul' in the future. We hope we will be together, ”he said.