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TURKONFED Secretary Generals Coordination Meeting, May 2nd 2017, Akyaka

Organised with the continuing support of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, this year’s main area of focus has been the use of social media. The event, participated by secretary generals of 15 TÜRKONFED member federations, as well as representatives from 3 member sectoral associations, was carried out successfully, with participants demonstrating high motivation and providing inputs.

1st Session: Evaluation of

 
Theodor Heuss Medal

Asli Erdogan was one of the names awarded for the Theodor Heuss Medal in this year. The theme of this year was "ode to debate-democratic public opinion" at the awards ceremony organized by the Foundation, which has the name of Germany's first president, Theodor Heuss. In the statement made by Theodor Heuss Foundation, it was declared that  Ms. Erdogan was

 
Competition Association Workshop, April 2017, Ankara

Supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Competition Association held a conference on ‘’Competition in Construction Markets: Infrastructure, Housing and International Construction Markets’’

The workshop was held in three sessions with the attendance of various stakeholders in the relevant market.

In the first session, which was on public tenders in infrastructure markets, Assoc. Prof. Uğur EMEK from Başkent University

 
Theodor Heuss Medal for Aslı Erdoğan

Since 1964, the Theodor Heuss Foundation is engaged in keeping alive the memory of Theodor Heuss, a foremost Liberal and Democrat, who used to be the first Federal President of (then Western) Germany after World War II. Every year, a “Theodor Heuss Prize” and “Theodor Heuss Medals” are devoted to personalities, who have been extraordinary representatives of freedom and democracy.

 
The Statement of Ms. Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger on the Outcome of the Turkish Referendum

With regard to the constitutional referendum in Turkey, Sabine Leutheusser- Schnarrenberger, Member of the Board of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and former German Federal Ministry of Justice, states: “With the referendum, President Erdogan cements the isolation of Turkey. The voting procedure on the referendum was not fair and took place in a climate of fear. The narrow result shows

 
Controversial Elections in South Ossetia

On April, 9th, 2017, Presidential elections as well as a referendum took place in Georgia’s breakaway province of South Ossetia. The sparsely populated area at the Russian-Georgian border declared independence from the then Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1991. Except for Russia, only three states recognize South Ossetia as an independent state.  In 2008, a war between Russia and Georgia

 
Freedom Expression for Artists and Civil Society under State of Emergency

Supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Susma Platform held its third meeting with local artists, civil society organizations and activists in Eksişehir province following two earlier meetings in Diyarbakır and İzmir. The event was titled: “Freedom Expression for Artists and Civil Society under State of Emergency”

Representatives of unions, foundations, cultural institutions, writers’ organizations as well as

 
IKV Discussed the Customs Union in Brussels

IKV, in cooperation with Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom organised a panel entitled “Future of the Turkey-EU Customs Union” in Brussels on 7 March 2017. The main theme of the panel was the upcoming negotiations regarding the modernisation of the Customs Union and the possible difficulties as well as opportunities which may exist in that respect. The opening remarks of

 
Armenia: New Parliament Elected

On April, 2nd, 2017, parliamentary elections were held in Armenia. The Republican Party of Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan won almost 50% of the votes, which marks the largest share. Four out of nine competing parties entered the parliament: Besides the Republican Party, the “Prosperous Armenia Alliance” (27%), the YELK alliance (7.78%) and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (6.58%). Two liberal parties, however,

 
Georgia Celebrates Visa Liberalisation

Prime Minister Giorgi Kwirikaschwili spoke of a “historic day” for his country: On March, 28th, 2017, the visa liberalisation between Georgia and the member states of the Schengen area came into force. Many Georgians, especially liberal supporters, celebrated this long-awaited step in the streets of Tbilisi and other cities. As first citizens of the Caucasus area Georgians no longer need