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Profile of registrant

Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe

Identification number in the register: 63767476294-52
Registration date: 25/07/11 17:44:32

The information on this organisation was last modified on 14/07/14 14:43:14
The date of the last annual update was 14/07/14 14:43:14

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe
Acronym: ABTTF
Legal status: Registered Association
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Halit Habip Oglou
Position: President

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Kurtulus Engin Soyyilmaz
Position: Director General

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 2 Wemerstr. 
Witten 58454
Telephone number: (+49) 2302913291
Fax number: (+49) 2302913293
Other contact information: ABTTF Brussels Office
Square de Meeûs 38/40
Bte: 42
B-1000 Brussels

Telephone number: +32 2 4016198
Fax number: +32 2 4016868

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: -To protect and promote the rights of the Turkish Minority of Western Thrace in Greece, and to aid in obtaining solutions for the concerns of the minority through democracy and peace.

- As a non-govenmental organization in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (UN-ECOSOC), regular member of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) and member of the Fundamental Rights Platform of FRA, representing the Turkish Minority before international organizations such as the United Nations, the European Union, the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and lobbying for the solution of its problmes.

- Organizing international panel discussions and/or conferences on minority issues, specifically on the problems of the Turkish Minority of Western Thrace in Greece.

- Carrying out activities aiming at the integration of the immigrant members of the Turkish Minority of Western Thrace with the domestic populations and satisfaction of their social needs.

- Publishing newsletters, bulletins, pamphlets, periodicals and reports related to the the Turkish Minority of Western Thrace and its problems in the languages of Turkish, English, German and Greek.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • national
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 7
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Melek KIRMACI ARIK 13/08/14 11/08/15
Kurtulus Engin SOYYILMAZ 13/08/14 11/08/15
Halit HABIP OGLOU 24/07/14 22/07/15


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

- Presentation and promotion of the Turkish Minority of Western Thrace in Greece

- Engaging contact with MEPs and EP officials

- Active participation in seminars/panels in Brussels on EU affairs focussing on minority rights and issues

- Conducting research based on academic literature with an emphasis on minority rights in the EU

- Preparation and dissemination of position papers regarding current affairs taking place within the scope of EU affairs

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Home Affairs
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Regional Policy
  • Youth


Total number of members that are natural persons: 6,000
Number of member organisations: 30
Member organisations (Number of members) :
  • Bonn (25 members)
  • Duisburg (33 members)
  • Düsseldorf (10 members)
  • Espelkamp (50 members)
  • Feuchtwangen (106 members)
  • Fürth/Nürnberg (25 members)
  • Gießen (25 members)
  • Gütersloh 1 (25 members)
  • Gütersloh 2 (31 members)
  • Hagen (15 members)
  • Halver (8 members)
  • Hannover (25 members)
  • Herzogenaurach (96 members)
  • Homburg (60 members)
  • Höchst (86 members)
  • Kelsterbach 1 (60 members)
  • Kelsterbach 2 (12 members)
  • Lauf (35 members)
  • Lippstadt (24 members)
  • London (40 members)
  • Lüdenscheid (15 members)
  • Meschede (86 members)
  • Münih 1 (25 members)
  • Münih 2 (106 members)
  • Schwabach (33 members)
  • Schweinfurt (50 members)
  • Stuttgart (61 members)
  • Troisdorf (25 members)
  • Viersen (25 members)
  • Witten (87 members)
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

- Non-govenmental organization in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (UN-ECOSOC)

- Regular member of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN)

- Member of the Fundamental Rights Platform of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2013 - 12/2013
Total budget: 159,000
of which public financing:
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 159,000
- donations: 33,000
- contributions from members: 126,000
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.