Brussels, 6 September 2022 (TDI): The Permanent Delegation of Türkiye to the EU, on Monday, hosted guests from EU institutions, diplomatic missions, and NGOs on the occasion of “Cultural Capital of Turkic World: Bursa the Beautiful City of All Times”.

Culture and Arts Capital of the Turkic World is a city designated by the International Organization of Turkic Culture, Türksoy, for a period of one calendar year during which it organizes a series of cultural events.

The event was hosted by Ambassador Mehmet Kemal Bozay, Turkiye’s Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the European Union.

Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, was selected as the 2022 Cultural Capital of the Turkic World by the International Organization of Turkic Culture (Türksoy) on 16 September 2021.

The International Organization of Turkic Culture, also known as TURKSOY, was established in 1993. Many guests paid visits on Special Occasion.

Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Alinur Aktaş presented the 2022 Cultural Capital of Turkic World: Bursa the Beautiful City of All Times” in front of the delegation in Brussels.

During the bilateral meetings, he asked for support for the developmental work for Bursa’s European Capital of Culture.

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The Ambassador of Kosovo to Belgium, Agron Bajrami, also attended the event. He met the Mayor of Bursa and exchanged views on current affairs, as well as the culinary & cultural traditions of Bursa.

The Member of the European Parliament, Ryszard Czarnecki, was also invited by the delegation of Türkiye to the EU. In addition to that, the ambassador of Libya to the EU was also present at the event.

In addition, Secretary General Raev met with the President of the EU-Turkey Friendship Group, Polish Parliamentarian Ryszard Czarnecki.

A roundtable meeting on “Sustainable Tourism and Green Investment in Bursa: Multilateral Diplomacy for Sustainable Green Transition” was also held as part of the 2022 Turkic World Capital of Culture events.

The round table meeting was hosted by the European Parliament. Moreover, Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, Director of European Neighbourhood Council for EU-projects & research in Turkey Central-Asia Caucasus ENP MENA, also spoke at the event.

He highlighted the Russian Aggression in Ukraine and emphasized the strategic importance of considering the Middle Corridor.

Culturally rich city of Türkiye

Bursa also known as the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, is the fourth most populous Turkish city and is the third largest export hub of Turkey. The City is known for its food, rich culture, history, hospitality, and warmth.

Bursa is one of Türkiye’s most important historical cities. As part of the silk road, Bursa played a crucial role in the trade of silk while linking the Western world with the Middle East & Asia. Bursa is home to historical mosques, madrasahs, tombs, & other architectural works.