Municipality of Kadıköy Belediyesi, received the title "European Local Democracy Week 12 Star City" with Comics Days
Annual Coordination Meeting of the Council of Europe Council of Local and Regional Authorities and the 12 Star City Certificate Ceremony was held in Strasbourg, France on 30 January 2017. Vice President Onur Temürlenk and Caricature House Manager Meriç Karçal attended the ceremony on behalf of Municipality of Kadıköy. Kadıköy Municipality was entitled the 12 Star City title with Comics Days event.
The European Local Democracy Week is celebrated by the member states of the Council of Europe since 2007. The 12 Star City project was developed by the European Council of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe in order to highlight the value of local democracy, involve citizens in the public life at the local level and give them an opportunity to take a more active role in their city. In this context, the Council of Europe evaluates projects of institutions that apply to events where the public participates in the management process and determines whether they qualify for the 12 Star City title in the European Local Democracy Week.
Constitutively, the theme of the European Local Democracy Week in 2016 focusing on "the promotion and development of education for democratic citizenship and human rights" is determined as respect, dialogue and interaction.
STARRED COMICS DAYS
The European Local Democracy Week was celebrated in Kadıköy with Comics Days organized by Kadıköy Municipality between September 30 and October 1, 2016 and it made an application for the title of 12 Star City with this event. The importance of democracy was emphasized once again with the participation of residents of Kadıköy and Istanbul of all ages in the The importance of democracy was emphasized once again with the participation of children's workshops, masters' drawings, cartoon interviews and film screening and the participant contributed to the development of democracy.
The participation of local communities across Europe was high for the the events of the European Local Democracy Week for year 2016, numerous initiatives and events were organized in 22 European countries. The Municipality of Kadıköy stood out amongst the local communities of 22 countries and received the 12 Star City title.