Minister deems Turkish ruling party municipalities’ expenses ‘trade secrets’

Duvar English

Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan has deemed the expenses of municipalities run by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) “trade secrets,” upon a parliamentary question by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Alpay Antmen.

Antmen asked the minister to state the details of the products and services imported by AKP municipalities and the money spent on them.

“The demand in question can’t be met since information sought regarding the municipalities are of trade secret value,” Pekcan said, refraining from answering the parliamentary question.

Antmen, in return, said that he didn’t ask about anybody’s private trade relations.

“I asked what was imported between 2003 and 2020 by the municipalities as a lawmaker within the scope of the duty and authority given to me by the constitution. I asked what are the prices of the imported trees and landscaping and agricultural products,” Antmen said.

CHP deputy Alpay Antmen.

“What does trade secret mean? I asked about the money spent by the institutions that are run by the people’s money. I wanted to learn where people’s money was spent. It seems that there are financial relations that they want to cover up by calling them trade secrets,” he added.

Saying that there are municipalities that purchased a tree for 26,500 Turkish Liras, Antmen noted that the details of the expenses need to be revealed.

“Who knows where citizens’ billions of liras was spent and who became rich as a result. If you’re deeming the expenses ‘trade secrets,’ then there is something you’re afraid of,” Antmen said.

from Duvar English

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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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