Press release on UID‘s Board of Directors election and change of Name

On 20th May 2018, the 6th General Assembly of the Union of European Turkish Democrats (UETD) was held at Sarajevo Olympic Sports Hall, with our guest of honour, the President of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Bülent Bilgi was elected by the delegates as the new President of UETD and took over from Zafer Sırakaya. Between 2016-2018, Bilgi took the position as the general secretary of UETD. In addition to this, the delegates voted to change the name of the Union of European Democrats (UETD) to the Union of International Democrats (UID) and elected the 25 members of the board of directors. The distribution of the duties of the elected board members will be announced by our new elected President, Mr. Bilgi, in the coming days.

Founded in 2004, our association has been cooperating with other European Turkish associations, that are involved in activities aimed at improving the social and cultural environment in their countries. Furthermore, UETD has undertaken efforts to ensure the active participation of European citizens with Turkish background/ citizenship in political, administrative and economic fields and has endeavoured to raise the standard of living of our people. The name change, from UETD to UID, bring forth an important requirement: UID is the first step, which extend our activities from Europe to the world. In the coming years, UID will undertake the role of being a bridge between Turkey and its citizens abroad. In the coming days, our social media accounts and website will be updated due to the name change.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our general assembly from all over Europe, especially President Erdogan, and we pray and thank to Allah for being successful in this path.