Review of mechanisms in Europe and design a regulatory framework for promotion of inter-municipal partnerships

Country/Locality Turkey
Overall project value (EUR)
Name of client
UNDP/LAR II. project
Origin of funding
European Commission
Starting date 06/2010
Ending date 09/2010
Partner -
Detailed description of project
The project aims to support the implementation of Local Administration Reform in Turkey (LAR Phase II), which is being implemented by UNDP. The direct beneficiary of the project is the Ministry of Interior, General Directorate of Local Authorities. Within LAR II. this component focused on the improvement of municipal coordination and cooperation. The specific tasks were:
The guide will focus on:
  1. to review the European legislation and practices to establish an enabling overall regulatory environment for inter-municipal cooperation,
  2. to assess the nature and structure of financial incentives in EU countries,
  3. to evaluate the current Turkish legislation with view of identifying available financial incentives and priority areas which are relevant for inter municipal cooperation,
  4. to identify areas which requires changes in the legislative framework to encourage inter-municipal cooperation,
  5. to design a framework of an enabling regulatory environment with a specific focus on financial incentives to encourage inter municipal partnerships in Turkey.
Type of services provided
Analysis of the administrative and financial conditions of inter-municipal cooperation in Turkey, by assessing the:
  • local government finances through a detailed municipal fiscal database;
  • legal basis of IMC;
  • incentive schemes and mechanisms.
Our survey identified the cooperation practices and the expectations towards IMC.
The international experiences presented:
  • Southern-European model (e.g. France, Spain);
  • administrative cooperation of German style and
  • the Central European model of the transition countries.
Proposals on the enabling environment focused on
  • administrative and legal requirements of cooperation;
  • funding rules and incentives;
  • accountability and political control;
  • forms of organization and management;
  • information and administrative capacity.