Istanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi
ISTANBUL METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY
Department of EU and Istanbul International Finance Center
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) holds a very important place in local administration organization of Istanbul. Its area of responsibility encompasses the entire provincial territory, which spans a total area of 5,343 km2. IMM has 25 municipal enterprises, 2 subsidiary public utility corporations (Transport Authority and Water & Sanitation Authority) and 43,500 employees in total. It is responsible for wide variety of areas including environment, natural-gas supply, energy, infrastructure, planning and development, IT, transportation, community services and vocational education, health-wellness, food & catering, culture, tourism etc.
IMM is the member of Union of Turkish Municipalities (TBB), Union of Municipalities of Marmara Region (MBB), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), World Academy for Local Governance and Democracy (WALD), World Association of Major Metropolises (METROPOLIS), Network of Major European Cities (EUROCITIES), Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC), European Cities against Drugs (ECAD), WHO Healthy Cities Network etc.
The responsibilities of IMM are divided into various categories, and European Union is one of the most essential ones. IMM carries out its EU activities through its EU Relations Department which was established 2005.