ASIA/TURKEY - The Government reassures: soon a new legislation for minority foundations

Friday, 12 February 2016 religious minorities  

Ankara (Agenzia Fides) - During a recent parliamentary hearing, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan gave assurances on the overcoming future of the institutional impasse in which foundations linked to ethnic, cultural and religious minorities have found themselves for years. Responding to a specific question by parliamentary Garo Paylan, a member of the pro-Kurdish Party of HDP, the vicepremier confirmed that in the coming weeks consultations with representatives of foundations will take place, to then proceed to the drafting of new regulations that allow individual organisms to proceed to the election of their respective leaders.
168 Foundations linked to ethnic and religious minorities in Turkey - including the Jewish and Armenian Christian, Greek, Assyrian, Chaldean, Bulgarian and Georgian - operate in accordance with the regulations defined by the General Directorate of Foundations. But the most recent laws that should regulate their activities, have never entered into force, and this prevents to renew the leadership positions of individual institutions. In some cases, like that of the Greek Balikli Hospital Foundation, the last elections of leaders date back to the early 1990s. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 12/02/2016)