Turkey has been pursuing its journey towards contemporariness for a time period over one hundred and fifty years.
Turkey’s aspiration for contemporariness has been expressed in various phases of this historical journey by political terms like Westernization’ our ‘Level of Contemporary Civilization’ or ‘Democracy’ and ‘Liberty’. These terms, symbolizing the wish for contemporariness, in essence, are the embodiments of the desire for adopting the thinking and behavior styles and democratic social structures of the advanced societies of the west and having them being experienced on Anatolian soil.
The first constitution adopted upon declaration of the first Constitutional Monarchy, the formation of the first parliament and the second constitutional monarchy were the first milestones of this process. The main radical development in this direction was experienced with the ‘Anatolian revolution’; on April 23, 1920, the Grand National Assembly was founded; in 1921, the principle that sovereignty belongs to the nation was adopted and subsequently the republic was declared and laicity and uniformity of education were guaranteed by legislation. Under the law reform performed in 1926, the legal systems of advanced Western European countries were adopted. Hence, a radical move towards contemporary civilization took place. Indeed, the political shaping of social development did not stop there. Turkey, which moved to the multi-party regime in 1946 in the period starting with the 1961 Constitution, incorporated the values like ‘supremacy of law’, ‘human rights and freedoms’ and ‘social rights’ and certain contemporary democratic institutions in its system of law.
Important steps were taken in this direction in the field of international relations too; Turkey joined a number of international organizations and signed international treaties and conventions which would profoundly affect the internal legal system of the country. Turkey’s becoming a member of International Labor Organization (ILO) in 1932, its joining United Nations in 1945, its becoming a member of European Council in 1949 and adoption of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in 1954, its becoming an associate member of European Economic Community (EEC) and finally, its adoption in addition to a series of agreements and protocols under the European Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE), the Helsinki Final Act in 1975 and its adoption of the jurisdiction of European Court of Human Rights in 1987 and the Paris Charter for a New Europe in 1990 and similar implementations took place as a prerequisite of this process towards contemporariness.
In this context, indeed Turkey’s relations with the European Union have a special meaning and significance. The relations with the European Union which started with Turkey’s becoming an associate member of European Economic Community (EEC) by Ankara Treaty in 1963, has developed with the Additional Protocol and the road to full membership was started with the application made in 1987, gaining momentum with the last phase of Customs Union in 1996 and finally, has gained a new dimension upon acceptance and declaration of Turkey’s candidacy as a result of the December 10-11, 1999 European Union Helsinki Summit Presidency Declaration.
Now Turkey has assumed the responsibility of arranging once again an in a planned manner its political regime, law system, economic and social structures in compliance with European Union (EU) standards and faces the liability of realizing very serious and significant reforms on this path.
The historical meaning of this development is clear; the battle for contemporariness symbolized with the concepts of ‘Westernization’ and ‘Level of Contemporary Civilization’ or ‘Democratization’ has taken on a concrete form today in Turkey’s target of integration with the European Union.
Turkish-European Union relations, indeed, are not a one-way process.
Turkey and the European Union bear mutual duties and responsibilities.
Turkey is in position to indicate the resolve to fulfill in collaboration with the institutions of the European Union, the social and economic reforms under its respective duties and responsibilities and the requirements of formation of a democratic social life.
The European Union and its members, on the other hand, have to get ready for Turkey’s full membership and in this context, to live together with Turkey and to be in a strong solidarity in every respect with Turkey, overcoming all prejudice. Furthermore, the European Union is in position to be a diligent monitor of an application in relation to all candidate countries in the process of candidacy in line with equality, mutual trust and respect under all circumstances for member countries.
As a natural consequence and precondition of the desire of access under the same roof, Turkey must be ready to share its national sovereignty upon admission to the European Union as a member in line with the founding treaties of the European Union and under the same conditions with other countries; the European Union, on the other hand, has to share the sovereignty of Europe, with Turkey.
On the other hand, the Turkish-European integration brings with it extremely important gains both for Turkey and also for the European Union.
For our country, integration with the European Union unveils and important horizon on the path to realization of a contemporary, just, democratic and social way of life deserved by our people. This is an important capability for our public. The Turkish-European integration means that Turkey’s political, social and economic powers and capabilities are integrated with Europe’s political, social and economic powers and means gaining a new force and dynamism. This means a new perspective and new facilities for the social development and social welfare of Turkey and our people.
For the European Union, on the other hand, Turkey is an extremely important and significant perspective. The European Union, when accepting Turkey’s candidacy, has also attained a historical chance. A European Union incorporating Turkey as a member not only takes an important step towards the realization of the integration of Europe but at the same time, paves the way for the different cultures and regions of the whole humanity and the world to get closer. A European Union integrated with Turkey means a more meaningful, more powerful community. Indeed, a European Union with Turkey as a full member will have much greater contribution to the social, economic and cultural relations and equilibriums in the Balkans, the Middle East, the Caucasus or Asia and eventually, to the world peace and the efforts on the path to the welfare of humanity. Turkey is a new horizon for the European Union. The European Union has created the chance to become enriched with the historical and cultural accumulation of Turkey to strengthen with its young and dynamic values and to add new capabilities to its development.
Turkey needs the European Union and the European Union needs Turkey.
The Turkish-European Foundation community has come together with this perspective and awareness as a requirement of the responsibility for assuming all self-sacrificing efforts in this direction.
The Turkish-European Foundation believes that self-sacrificing and conscious efforts must be used in every field for harmonization of Turkey with the European Union and European standards and seeks to contribute to efforts in this direction of applicable agencies and organizations as an NGO.
The Turkish-European Foundation community will be a determined and resolute pursuer of Turkey’s efforts of contemporariness lasting a hundred and fifty years in the phases of both candidacy and also full membership under the framework of the European Union relations.
NAME OF FOUNDATION
Article1- The name of the foundation is the Turkish-European Foundation (hereinafter to be called the ‘Foundation’)
HEADQUARTERS OF THE FOUNDATION
Article2- The headquarters of the foundation during the establishment process is in the district of Beyoğlu of province of Istanbul and its address is Kallavi road No: 7/1.
Representation offices may be opened domestically and abroad, provided permission is obtained from authorities in line with applicable legislation.
THE OBJECT OF THE FOUNDATION
Article 3- As a non-governmental organization under the framework of integration of Europe and formation of a common European awareness, to contribute to efforts to be made during Turkey’s full membership phase to European Union and also during the full membership process and to perform social, cultural, scientific, educational and artistic events open to the public to support projects in the fields of law, economics, science, research, culture, art, education, environment and similar subjects in line with the process of harmonization with the European Union and to form various organizations and institutions in this respect.
TASKS AND DEEDS WHICH MAY BE PERFORMED BY THE FOUNDATION TO ACHIEVE ITS OBJECTIVES
Article 4- The foundation may do the following for achieving its object within the procedures and terms stipulated by applicable laws lead by the Foundations Act and its by-laws;
To acquire and use or sell, transfer and assign those owned any personal and real properties or intellectual property rights or company share certificates by way of donation, by bequeaths, purchase or leasing, to use revenue thereof in one or multiple investments, provided they are not in violation of the object and service fields of the foundation, to manage and deal with any personal and real properties and moneys it has acquired through donations, bequeaths, purchases and other means, to acquire securities and to invest and sell the same in line with the object of the foundation, to collaborate in projects formed or adopted or supported in line with the objects of the foundation with domestic and international foundations and other natural and legal persons and international organizations and institutions which perform work similar to the objects of the foundation, to execute agreements and to receive donations and aid from legal persons or other institutions and organizations domestic and international which are parties to such agreements, to accept non-real rights of ownership on real properties like easement, usufruct, occupation, superficies, pledges or mortgages, to exercise such rights, to obtain any security including pledges and mortgages of personal and real rights for existing or potential revenues and agreements to be entered into, to accept valid bank guarantees, to realize the object and service areas of the foundation when necessary, to borrow funds, to give sureties, pledges, mortgages and other securities, to obtain revenue from projects conducted and to be conducted and any type of activities in line with the object and service fields of the foundation, to establish enterprises and partnerships to run under regular operation principles for obtaining revenue for the foundation, to participate in any established ones, to manage the same directly or to have them operated by an operator under supervision, to carry out enterprises, disposals, acquisitions, constructions and similar agreements deemed expedient or necessary for fulfillment of one or all objects and fields of service of the foundation, the foundation is permitted and authorized as specified in Article 46 of Turkish Civil Code. The foundation may not exercise such rights and deal with such revenues for purposes banned by Act no. 903.
ASSETS OF THE FOUNDATION
Article 5- The assets and establishment of the foundation amount to TL 16.250.000.000.- (sixteen billion two hundred fifty million liras) allocated to the foundation by the founder of the foundation.
The assets of the foundation may be increased by additions to its assets after the establishment of the foundation.
BODIES OF THE FOUNDATION
Article 6- The bodies of the foundation are listed below.
* Board of Trustees
* Board of Directors
* Board of Auditors
* Board of Consultants
* Honorary Board
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Article 7- The Board of Trustees comprises the members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and Auditors and members of the Board of Consultants.
DUTIES AND AUTHORITIES OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES:
Article 8- The Board of Trustees is the highest decision body of the foundation.
The duties and authorities of the Board of Trustees are listed below:
* Electing the Board of Directors;
* Electing the Board of Auditors;
* To discuss and review the annual reports prepared by the Board of Directors of the Foundation and the reports of the Board of Auditors, to decide on the release of the Board of Directors;
* To decide on regulation drafts to be prepared in line with this deed by the Board of Directors in full or by amendment;
* To adopt fully or by amendment the annual budget drafts to be prepared by the Board of Directors;
* As necessary, to make amendments on the foundation deed;
* To adopt the general policies in the field of activities of the foundation.
No remuneration is payable to Members of the Board of Directors; no decision may be taken for payment of such remuneration.
The Board of Trustees of the foundation may dismiss the entirety or part of the Board of Directors at any time without awaiting the dismissal ruling to be issued by the court in the event grounds for dismissal take place according to the rules of the bylaws indicating implementation of Act no. 903.
MEETING TIME OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS, MEETING AND DECISION QUORUM
Article 9- The Board of Trustees will convene each year ordinarily upon call of the Board of Directors and in line with the prepared agenda;
* In the month of February, to discuss the matters of approval of the balance sheet and annual reports,
* In the month of November, to elect the bodies of the Foundation in line with the term requirement stipulated in Article 10/1 of the Foundation Official Deed upon approval of the budget and annual reports.
As deemed necessary by the Board of Directors or upon written request from the Board of Directors of minimum one third of the members of the Board of Trustees, the Board of Trustees may convene extraordinarily.
In ordinary and extraordinary meetings, matters not included in the promulgated agenda may not be discussed. However, right after the constitution of the panel at a regular meeting, upon written recommendation of minimum one tenth of those in attendance, it is possible to add items to the agenda, save on matters like deed amendments or increase in appropriations which will bring liabilities and responsibilities to the members of the foundation and the foundation.
The date, place, time and agenda of the meeting will be promulgated by a local newspaper with the highest circulation minimum seven days prior to the date of meeting. Furthermore, the meeting will be notified by registered letter to everyone entitled to attend the meeting of the Board of Directors as specified in Article 7 of this Official Deed.
The Board of Trustees will convene with one more than full membership in attendance. If there is no quorum, the meeting will be held at the same date and places at the same time one week later. In this second meeting, the meeting quorum may not be less than one third of the full membership of the Boards of Directors, Auditors and Consultants.
The decision quorum of the Board of Trustees is one more than half the number of those attending the meeting. If votes are equal, the vote of the panel chairman will be the deciding vote. How the voting will be held will be resolved separately.
Each Member of Board of Trustees is entitled to a single vote. A member who cannot attend the meeting may appoint another member of the Board of Trustees as proxy. One person may not hold more than one proxyship.
The decision quorum for any amendments, revisions or additions on the foundation deed is two thirds of full membership.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Article 10- The Board of Directors of the foundation comprises 9 principal and 3 substitute members to be elected by the Board of Directors for 3 years. It is possible for persons outside the foundation to be elected, provided they don’t form the majority.
At the first meeting of the Board of Directors, the Chairman and adequate number of Chairmen will be elected and division of labor will be carried out. In place of a member whose membership of the Board of Directors is terminated for any reason whatsoever before expiry of the term of duty of foundation business, one of the substitute members will be called to duty according to the order of such members.
The Board of Directors will convene at least once a month. Daily business will be conducted by the Chairmen Panel comprised with participation of the Chairmen and Acting Chairmen between the meetings of the Board of Directors. Furthermore, the Board of Directors will exercise its duties and authorities deemed fit through the chairmanship panel. The chairmanship panel will convene at least once a week, will perform the division of labor between Acting Chairmen at its first meeting, determining distribution of duties and authorities.
A member of Board of Directors who fails to attend three consecutive meetings without valid excuse will be deemed to have withdrawn from such duty.
The meeting quorum of the Board of Directors is five, with decisions adopted with majority of those present. In case of equality of votes, the Chairman will have the deciding vote. Adopted decisions will be written in the notarized decision register and signed.
DUTIES, AUTHORITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Article 11- The Board of Directors is the administrative and executive body of the foundation.
In this capacity, the Board of Directors:
* Takes and implements every decision under the framework of the considerations prescribed in the ‘Preamble’ section of the Foundation Deed and the object of the Foundation.
* In line with the overall policies set by the Board of Trustees, ensures that the activities of the foundation are conducted regularly and productively.
* For regular and productive performance of the foundation activities, prepares regulations on the procedures of election and appointment of the directors and members of the elected and appointed executives and employees of the Foundation and directors and members of the Board of Directors and specialty committees and their duties and authorities, the establishment and operation principles of the Foundation administration and procedures and terms of management of subsidiaries of the Foundation and terms and procedures relating to the preparation and spending of the Foundation budget and finally, various tasks to be deemed fit by the Board of Directors and submits the same to the Board of Trustees.
* It carries out the necessary activities for investment of the assets of the Foundation and bringing in of new financial resources. In the name of the legal personality of the foundation, takes the necessary initiatives and carries out the transactions with all natural and legal persons on legal, financial and other matters.
* Appoints the administration and operating staff of the Foundation, in this context appoints a Secretary General from amongst the Foundation administrators or members of the Foundation Board of Consultants or from outside the Foundation and adequate number of Deputy Secretary Generals, a General Coordinators, Manager, Deputy Manager, Supervisor and other similar executive staff and other foundation employees, sets their salaries, may form auxiliary units and if necessary, dismisses such persons.
* Causes projects to be prepared in line with the object of the Foundation, supports and supervises the implementation of projects recommended to the Foundation which are deemed fit, in this context, appoints a Project Manager, Project Coordinator, Project Consultants and other staff to be employed in such projects, sets their salaries and dismisses them as necessary.
* Decides opening of representation offices and closure of those opened domestically and internationally in line with the provisions of applicable legislation, carries out the necessary transaction in such regard.
* Monitors and supervises the accounting activities of the Foundation, ensures that the income-expense statement and balance sheets are issued and sent to the applicable authority at the end of the accounting period.
* Implements the annual budget adopted by the Board of Trustees.
* Performs the preparation work regarding the meetings of the Board of Trustees.
* At Board of Trustees meetings, submits the Foundation annual report for the period for release.
*Carries out such other duties as required by applicable legislation and the deed of foundation and regulations.
* To work in line with the objects of the Foundation, forms specialty committees in areas or subjects deemed fit and appoints the chairman and members thereof.
REPRESENTATION OF THE FOUNDATION
Article 12- The Foundation will be represented by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may delegate such representation authority to the Chairman or Acting Chairmen of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may authorize in overall or specific situations and matters within rules it will set one or more than one of its own members or designated executives as joint or several representatives to enter into or execute agreements in the name of the Foundation, to issue or assign any legal document or deed in the name and on account of the Foundation or to carry out banking transactions, to deposit, withdraw or cause to be transferred moneys, to make payments to third parties or to carry out such deed as it may deem fit.
BOARD OF AUDITORS
Article 13- The Board of Auditors is a body established to supervise the activities and accounts of the Foundation in the name of the Board of Trustees. The Board of Auditors will comprise three individuals to be elected for three years by the Board of Trustees either from amongst itself or from outside, provided such members don’t create any majority. Furthermore, a substitute member is to be elected. Such substitute member will be invited to serve in place of the principal member, departing for any reason whatsoever.
The Board of Auditors will make all its audits on all books, records and documents. Once the accounts of the Foundation are certified by sworn certified accountants, the report to be issued for the account period will be submitted to the Board of Directors to be forwarded to the Board of Trustees by no later than fifteen days before the meeting of the Board of Trustees.
BOARD OF CONSULTANTS
Article 14- The Board of Consultants is a body established to carry out regular activities on developing the general policies set by the General Meeting of the Foundation and to set the application projections thereof and to aid in the activities of the Board of Directors.
The directors and members of the Board of Consultants will be appointed without stipulating any time limit by the Board of Directors from amongst people who have provided important services to the Foundation or those who are experts in the field of the European Union or who have accumulation and experience on various matters in the scope of the activities of the Foundation with the recommendation of two members of the Board of Directors.
The members have no voting rights.
Article 15- This is a board comprising individuals who have made important contributions to the Foundation and those who have performed important activities in the fields within the scope of the object of the Foundation.
The members of the Honorary Board will be appointed by the Board of Directors with the recommendation of minimum three members of the Board of Directors or recommendation of the chairmanship panel.
Members have no voting rights.
REVENUES OF THE FOUNDATION
Article 16- Revenues of the Foundation are listed below:
* Any conditional, unconditional donations fit to the object of the Foundation and donations and gifts as specified in Article 4 of this Official Deed.
* Various income to be derived from Foundation activities.
* Income to be derived from Foundation enterprises, subsidiaries and partnerships.
* Income to be derived through investment of personal and real properties and other assets and rights of the Foundation.
ALLOCATION AND PLACES OF EXPENDITURE OF FOUNDATION REVENUES
Article 17- The entirety of the Foundation revenues which remain outside the management and administrative costs as stipulated in Article 37 of the bylaws on foundations established in accordance with the provisions of Turkish Civil Code and investments to increase the revenues of the Foundation will be allocated and spent for the purposes of the Foundation.
AMENDMENTS OF OFFICIAL DEED
Article18- Amendments to be made on the Foundation Deed will be performed with the written recommendation of the Board of Directors or minimum one fifth of the members of the General Meeting, with approval of minimum two thirds of the full membership of the General Meeting.
TERMINATION OF THE FOUNDATION
Article 19- In the event of termination of the Foundation for any reason whatsoever, the assets of the Foundation will be transferred to another foundation, the subject matter of which is closest to the Foundation’s with such object and fields of service stated in the Deed of the Foundation.
Termination of the Foundation is possible solely upon written proposal of one more minimum one half of the full membership of the General Meeting or the Board of Directors and with approval of two thirds of full membership of the General Meeting.
FOUNDER OF THE FOUNDATION
Article 20- The Turkish-European Foundation has been established by Ziya Müezzinoğlu born in Kayseri in 1919, registered at province of Kayseri Merkez District, Musagazi Village/ward log no. 64, Volume 094/02 and page 39, son of Seyit Ali and Esma.
The founder has allocated to the Foundation as per Article 73 of Turkish Civil Code TL 16 250.000.000 (sixteen billion two hundred fifty million liras).
Provisional Article 1- The initial General Meeting of the Foundation will convene within such month as following the registration of the Foundation.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Provisional Article 2- The initial Board of Directors of the Foundation comprises the following persons.
1. Chairman: Ziya Müezzinoğlu (Former Minister of Finance and retired Ambassador),
2. Acting Chairman: Atilla Coşkunj (Jurist, Secretary General of Republic Foundation),
3. Acting Chairman: Prof. Dr. Tuğrul Arat (Ankara University School of Law Member of Academic Staff, State Planning Organization/European Union General Directorate formed General Director)
4. Acting Chairman: Can Baydarol (Galatasaray University European Research and Documentation Center Deputy Director)
5. Şükrü Elekdağ (Retired Ambassador)
6. Reşat Kadaifçiler (Jurist, Scientific Technical Research Foundation Secretary General)
7. Prof. Dr. Atilla Eralp (Middle East Technical University Faculty of Administrative Sciences Main Scientific Discipline Head)
8. Prof. Dr. Mükerrem Hiç (Retired Academician, former Member of Parliament)
9. Prof. Dr. Aysel Çelikel (Maltepe University School of Law Member of Academic Staff, Turkish Jurist Women Association Chairwoman, European Jurist Women Association Member of Board of Directors)
BOARD OF AUDITORS
Provisional Article 3- The initial Board of Auditors of the Foundation comprises the following individuals.
Chairman: Prof. Dr. Yılmaz Büyükerşen (Retired academician, Eskişehir Metropolitan Municipal Mayor, European Council Turkish Local Administrations Representative)
Member : Zekeriya Yıldırım (Economist, Former President of Central Bank)
Member: Tefik Altınok (Former Undersecretary of Treasury)
Provisional Article 4- Issuing this deed, Ziya Müezzinoğlu has appointed a member of Istanbul Bar Association registered with Beyoğlu Tax Office with 897 0010123 Registration No., Bülent Utku, Attorney at Law; and registered with Kağıthane Tax Office with 958 0097 051 Registration No., Ahmet Çoban, Attorney at Law, as attorney and representative to carry out all transactions and necessary filings as regards the establishment of the Foundation during the establishment stage of the Foundation until conclusion of the registration decision to represent himself with full authority before courts and other official authorities and natural persons, to deposit and withdraw or to transfer to another bank branch any moneys allocated to the Foundation and to be at liberty to exercise severally and jointly any rights and authorities arising from the capacity of the founder.
The authority of representation and attorneyship granted to perform the foundation establishment transactions in the above paragraph will continue absolutely until conclusion of the decision of the registration of the Foundation. The attorneys are obliged to pursue and conclude the establishment procedures of the Foundation as required by the absolute desire and will of the founder of the Foundation in the event of the death of the principal after issuance and execution of this deed.
Provisional Article 5- This foundation deed has been issued and executed as of October 12, 2000.
BOARD OF CONSULTANTS
Ancillary Article 1 – The following individuals have been appointed as chairmen and members of Board of Consultants.
Chairman of Board of Consultants;
Bülent Tanla (Economist, Researcher, Former Istanbul MP)
Members of Board of Consultants;
Panayot Abacı (Author, Fine Artist, Istanbul Philharmonic Association and Philharmonic Foundation Secretary General)
Tarık Akan (Movie Actor)
Dr. Orhan Akışık (Economist)
Dr. M. Fatih Akışık (Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Specialist
Nesrin Alpaslan (Turkish Veterinarians Association Chairwoman)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cemil Arıkan (Sabancı University Deputy President)
Nilgün Arısan (SPO European Union General Directorate Specialist)
Ersin Arıoğlu (International Crisis Group Turkish Representative, Scientific Foundation President, Yapı Merkezi A.Ş. Chairman of the Board)
Sebu Aslangil, Attorney at Law (Istanbul Bar Association Member of Disciplinary Committee)
Prof. Dr. İbrahim Astarcıoğlu (Dokuz Eylül University School of Medicine General Surgery Main Scientific Discipline Head)
Prof. Dr. Petek Aşkar (Hacettepe University School of Education, Education Main Scientific Discipline Head)
Dr. Mustafa Aşula (Retired Ambassador)
Akın Atalay, Attorney at Law (Member of Istanbul Bar Association)
Prof. Dr. Toktamış Ateş (Istanbul University Member of Faculty, School of Economics; Istanbul Bilgi University Foundation Member of Board of Trustees)
Babür Atila (Economist, Executive)
Prof. Dr. Aydın Aybay (Maltepe University, Dean, School of Law)
Dr. Sedat Azak (Özel Gaziosmanpaşa Hospital Chief Medical Officer, Medical Institutions Association Secretary General)
Rutkay Aziz (Theater-Movie Actor, Contemporary Movie Actors Association President)
Selim Baktıaya, Attorney at Law (Member of Istanbul Bar Association)
Semih Balcıoğlu (Caricaturist)
Prof. Dr. Süheyl Batum (Bahçeşehir University, Dean, School of Law)
Dr. Tatyos Bebek (Turkish Dentists Association Acting President)
Prof. Dr. Taner Berksoy (Istanbul Bilgi University, Dean, Faculty of Administrative Sciencesj)
Özlen Birol (Economist)
Şener Büyükbektaş (Architects Association Istanbul Branch Director)
Aydın Cıngı (Political Scientist, Social Democracy Foundation Acting Chairman)
Dr. Uğur Cilesun (Public Health Specialist, Turkish Medical Association Central Council Former Secretary General)
Ergin Cinmen, Attorney at Law (Istanbul Bar Association Member, Chairman of Association for Supporting Citizens Initiative for Enlightenment)
Dr. Alev Coşkun (Public Administration Specialist, Turkish Grand National Assembly Founding Assembly Member, Former Minister of Tourism, Yeni Gün News Agency Chairman of Board of Directors)
Enis Coşkun, Attorney at Law (Member, Istanbul Bar Association; Istanbul Bar Association Practical Training Center European Community Law Department Head)
Prof. Dr. Yalçın Çakalır (Galatasaray University Assistant President; and Galatasaray University, Dean, School of Law
Sedat Çal (Prime Ministry Undersecretariat of Treasury Branch Director)
Süleyman Çelebi (President of Revolutionist Labor Unions Confederation)
Gonca Çelik, Attorney at Law (Member of Istanbul Bar Association)
Ahmet Çoban, Attorney at Law (Member of Istanbul Bar Association)
Prof. Dr. Kemal Dayınlarlı (Atılım University School of Law Member of Academic Staff)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Beril Dedeoğlu (Galatasaray University Economic and Administrative Sciences Faculty International Relations Department Main Scientific Discipline Head)
Hasan Denizkurdu (Jurist, Former Minister of Justice, Former Izmir MP, European Parliament Mixed Commission Former Co-Chairman)
Celal Doğan (Jurist, Gaziantep Metropolitan Mayor)
Pharmacist Mehmet Domaç (Turkish Pharmacists Association President)
Mustafa Dönmez (European Union Secretariat General Deputy Secretary General)
Dr. Malik Dülgeroğlu (Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Specialist)
Dr. Oğuz Engiz (Ankara Alkan Hospital General Director)
Prof. Dr. Esin Ergin (Istanbul University Social Sciences Vocational Higher School Director)
Halil Ergün (Movie Actor)
Kemal Erol (Competition Board 2nd Chairman)
Numan Esin (Retired Staff Officer, Member of National Unity Committee/Member of National Security Council)
Dr. Suphi Eskiocak (Adana Seyhan Hospital Chairman of Board of Directors)
Prof. Dr. Bedii Feyzioğlu (Istanbul University School of Economics Retired Member of Academic Staff, Social Transparency Association Founding Honorary Chairman)
Dr. Murat Fırat (Physician, Med Line Medical Center Director)
Aykut Göker (Turkish Technology Development Foundation President’s Consultant)
Prof. Dr. Ahmet Gökdere (Ankara University School of Law Economics-Finance Department Head
Emre Gönen (Istanbul Bilgi University European Union Research Center Director)
Dr. Şükrü Güner (Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist, Turkish Medical Association Central Council Former Secretary General)
Şerafettin Gür (Producer)
Cengiz Güngör, Attorney at Law (Istanbul Bar Association)
Mustafa Kemal Güngör, Attorney at Law (Member of Board of Directors, Istanbul Bar Association)
Kaya Güvenç (Turkish Engineers and Architects Associations Union/TMMOB Head)
Dr. Ömer Güzel (Biochemist)
Dr. Asım Güzelbey (Gaziantep Kanberoğlu Hospital General Director)
Çetin Hacaloğlu (Dış Bank Chairman of the Board)
Prof. Dr. Osman Hayran (Marmara University Medical Sciences Education Faculty Dean)
Prof. Dr. Süreyya Hiç (Kocaeli University, Former IIBF Economics Department)
Jak Kamhi (Businessman)
Ercan Karakaş (Former Minister of Culture, Former Istanbul MP, Turkish Social Democracy Foundation Head)
Prof. Dr. Eser Karakaş (Bahçeşehir University, Dean, School of Economics, European Union Department Head)
Osman Kaya (Business Economics Institute Alumni Association President)
Ilker Keremoğlu (Economist, Executive)
Prof. Dr. Emre Kongar (Yıldız Technical University Member of Academic Staff)
Prof. Dr. Üstün Korugan (Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa School of Medicine Member of Faculty, Çanakkale University School of Medicine Founder Dean)
Selim Kuneralp (Ambassador)
Dr. Bekir Kumbul (Antalya Metropolitan Mayor)
Dr. Ibrahim Kurt (Biyokimya Uzmanı, Med Line Genel Koordinatörü) (Biochemist, Med Line General Coordinator)
Zülfü Livaneli (Author, fine artist, UNESCO Ambassador, UNESCO General Director Consultant)
Prof. Dr. Şerif Mardin (Member of Faculty, Sabancı University Arts and Social Sciences Faculty)
Bayram Meral (Türk Iş President)
Prof. Dr. Türkel Minibaş (Istanbul University School of Economics, International Economics and Economic Development Main Scientific Discipline Member of Faculty)
Zeki Ökten (Film Director)
Avukat Serhan Özbek (Manisa Bar Association Head)
Ali Özgentürk (Film Director)
Yavuz Özkan (Film Director)
Uluç Özülker (Ambassador of Turkey to the OECD)
Ilhan Selçuk (Journalist, Cumhuriyet Newspaper Chief Editor)
Derya Sevinç (TUSIAD Ankara Deputy Representative)
Orhan Silier (Social History Research Foundation Secretary General)
Şarık Tara (ENKA Holding Chairman of the Board)
Prof. Dr. Durmuş Tezcan (Dokuz Eylül University School of Law Public Law Department Head)
Doç. Dr. Bilgin Tiryakioğlu (Ankara University School of Law International Private Law Member of Faculty)
Hıfzı Topuz (Author, journalist, Communication Research Association Head)
Prof. Dr. Nahit Töre (Ankara University European Community Research and Application Center Former Director)
Prof. Dr. Mete Tuncay (Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean)
Rıza Türmen (European Court of Human Rights Turkish Justice)
Dr. Ali D. Ulusoy (Ankara University Administrative Law Member of Faculty)
Suha Umar (Retired Ambassador)
Salim Uslu (Hak Iş President)
Bülent Utku, Attorney at Law (Istanbul Bar Association)
Işık Yenersu (Theater Actress)
Dr. Celal Yıldırım (Turkish Dentists Association President)
Atıf Yılmaz (Film Director)
Yaşar Kemal Yükseldi, Attorney at Law (Member of Ankara Bar Association, Former Nevşehir MP)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gazi Zorer (Social Insurance Agency Istanbul Hospital Chief Medical Officer)