Info note by MP Rıza Türmen on the government pressure over TMMOB

RızaTurmenTMMOB or UCTEA (The Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects) is a professional organization with over 445.000 members. Its establishment is based on article 135 of the Turkish Constitution which regulates “Professional organizations having the characteristics of public institutions”

The ruling party’s frustration with the UCTEA derives from the Chamber’s role in Gezi protests where it was one of the main organizers. UCTEA also actively employs judicial remedies in order to prevent the implementation of the Government projects that would be detrimental to the environment and cultural heritage. The judicial proceedings initiated by the Chamber with a view to stopping the construction of the Presidential Palace is as an example to this effect.

Recently the Government removed this obstacle by issuing a regulation on 24/12/2014 which places the UCTEA under the administrative and financial control of The Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning. Furthermore the regulation puts into practice a provision of the Law on The Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (1954) which foresees that the representatives of the UCTEA, when participating in international conferences, should obtain permission from the Ministry. This provision itself was introduced in 1983 as a byproduct of the 1980 Military Coup and to this day it was never implemented.

This is yet another example of the Government’s intolerance against any opposition. This example shows us once again that the Government is determined not to permit any institutional pluralism which is the backbone of any democracy.

Rıza Türmen

CHP Member of the Parliament

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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