In June 2001 in Antalya, Turkey, more than 200 delegates and guests of the EBC (now IBC) gathered at the 4th Annual General Meeting of the Congress held on the focal topic “Water Resources”. The meeting participants addressed economic and social aspects of water resources and came up with effective approaches to solve water supply issues as well as drinking water conservation in Europe and in the world. The 9th President of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. S. Demirel attended the meeting as the honorary guest. Organizational and financial assistance for the event was provided by GAMA Industry A.S.

To optimize the activities of the Congress EBC Secretariat relocated its headquarters from Bonn to the capital of Germany – Berlin in May 2001.

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The 9th President of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. S. Demirel during his welcoming speech to the EBC members and guests.