Head of Turkey’s media watchdog appointed as Halkbank board member

Duvar English

Ebubekir Şahin, the head of Turkey’s broadcast regulator RTÜK, has been appointed as a board member at the state-owned Halkbank, Public Disclosure Platform has said.

The decision was taken during an ordinary general meeting on June 12.

Şahin replaced former board member Mehmet Emin Özcan and will serve in this post for a period of three years.

According to the minutes of the general meeting, Şahin will receive a salary of 12,530 Turkish Liras ($1,839) per month from this position. If a Halkbank board member does not have an income from any other state-related position, then their monthly salary is 22,500 liras ($3,302).

The new appointment came on the same day that Hamza Yerlikaya, former Olympic wrestler and one of the senior advisers of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was appointed as a member of the board of directors at Turkey’s third largest state-owned bank, Vakıfbank.

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy chair Veli Ağbaba criticized these two appointments in a Twitter post early on June 13.

“[Presidential] Palace’s Senior adviser and Sports Deputy Minister Hamza Yerlikaya has also become a board member at Vakıfbank. And RTÜK Head Ebubekir Şahin has been appointed as Halkbank board member. On the other hand, our millions of bright, equipped young people cannot even find a job to work on minimum wage. No ifs and buts: This system, this broken system!” Ağbaba wrote on Twitter.

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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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