TÜRKPOL – The Polish Turkish Culture and Solidarity Association took place on the anniversary of its foundation with the initiative of the European Union Turkey Friendship Group. The President of the European Parliament Turkey Friendship Group and Member of Parliament Ryszard Czarnecki, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Poland, Mr. Tunç Üğdül, Ambassador of the Permanent Representation to the European Union Mr. Mehmet Kemal Bozay and the President of TÜRKPOL Association Mr. M.Göktürk İplikçioğlu attended the meeting as speakers.
Ryszard Czarnecki, one of the speakers of the meeting, chairman of the European Parliament Friendship Group for Turkey and a member of parliament, referred to the centuries-old friendship between Turkey and Poland and the importance of relations between the two nations.
The meeting focused on the effects of non-governmental organizations on international relations. The importance of the mission undertaken by the business and cultural associations in Poland and Turkey and the long-term benefits of producing joint projects were discussed. Representing the associations at the meeting, the President of the Polish Turkish Businessmen Association Mr. Sait Büyükbayrak, the President of the Ankara Poles Association Mr. Małgorzata Koloğlu, the Chairman of the Alanya Poles Culture and Friendship Association Anna Maria Bielecka, the President of TÜRKPOL Polish Turkish Culture and Solidarity Association M. Göktürk İplikçioğlu and the management of the association. board members attended.
Kağan Nalbantoğlu, Polish Trade Office Business Development Manager, E. Istanbul Consul General and Turcologist Prof. Danuta Chmielowska, and TÜRKPOL Turkey Representative Mahmut Emir Genç attended the meeting.
Stating that similar works will continue for the production of joint projects and the implementation of sustainable projects thanks to the commissions formed after the meeting, Ms. İpek Tekdemir, Secretary General of the European Union Friendship Group, emphasized the importance of the role civil society plays in strengthening the ties between nations.