The project entitled “Town Twinning between Turkey and the European Union” is co-financed by the European Union (EU) and the Republic of Turkey under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II).

The Project was launched on 6 April 2018 and it is foreseen to be concluded on 5 April 2020 after an implementation period of 24 months.

The Beneficiary of the Project is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate for EU Affairs (DEUA), which is the National IPA Coordinator for European Union pre-accession assistance to Turkey. The three key stakeholders of the Project consist of the Union of Municipalities of Turkey (UMT), the Union of Provinces (UP), and the Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation Directorate-General for Local Authorities (MoEU-DGLA). These four institutions comprise the primary public bodies that play a major role in town twinning activities in Turkey. For more information:

The Central Finance and Contracts Unit (CFCU) is the Contracting Authority of the Project.

Technical Assistance for the Project is being provided by WYG Türkiye in consortium with WYG International BV, the WEglobal, and VNG International through the Technical Assistance Team (TAT).

Overall Objective


To increase administrative capacity at local level in Turkey’s EU Accession process.


To create sustainable structures for exchange between local authorities in Turkey and EU member States in areas relevant for EU Accession.

Target Groups

The target groups of the project consist of the Beneficiary (DEUA) and key stakeholders (UMT, UP and MoEU-DGLA), as well as the local authorities in Turkey and Grant beneficiaries (local authorities from Turkey and EU countries).

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