Turkish pro-gov’t foundation to shut some dorms over shrinking of funding by opposition

Duvar English

A foundation close to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will reportedly be closing down 25 of its dormitories due to financial struggles.

The Service for Youth and Education Foundation of Turkey (TÜRGEV) has been struggling financially since the local elections of March 31, 2019 that saw main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) gaining a decisive victory in the country’s major cities, daily Birgün reported.

The municipalities run by the CHP then restructured budgets.

TÜRGEV, which has President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son Bilal Erdoğan among members of its general board, said in an official statement that dormitories funded by the state’s Higher Education Loans and Dormitories Institution (KYK) “did not require support.”

“We will use our resources to the 21 dormitories we will maintain and to our education services that will continue to diversify and expand,” TÜRGEV said.

A TÜRGEV dormitory for girls in Istanbul’s Başakşehir is pictured in this file photo.

Following the local elections of 2019, it was revealed that AKP municipalities used some 171 billion Turkish Liras to build five dormitories through TÜRGEV, in addition to countless tax exemptions that the foundation enjoyed.

TÜRGEV was founded by President Erdoğan when he was Istanbul mayor in 1996, and expanded operations after 2012, reaching some 60 dormitories in 32 provinces.

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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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