Although EnverCevko successfully applied to become the National EuroVelo Coordinator for Turkey last year, at the moment none of the EuroVelo routes visits this eastern Mediterranean country. Understandably therefore, the organisation is keen for one of the existing routes to be extended into their homeland.
As part of a summer’s cycle tour from Munich to Mugla, Feridun Ekmekci of EnverCevko will visit Patras, Greece to meet the Greek National EuroVelo Coordination Centre, the Ecological Movement of Thessaloniki. They will discuss proposals to extend one (or more) of the EuroVelo routes that pass through Greece across the border into Turkey. One of the ideas being considered is to extend EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route along some of the Greek Islands to Cyprus – it’s current end point – and then for it to continue along the Turkish coast from Marmaris to Gaziantep.
Following the meeting, representatives of both the Greek and Turkish NECC/Cs will cycle some of the potential route, including Crete, Rhodes and Kos, meeting with the regional authorities and Greek MEP and Regional Councillor Nikos Chrysogelos along the way to garner some support for their proposal.
It is possible to make changes to the existing EuroVelo routes or even add completely new ones. In September 2011, two new routes were officially inaugurated at a ceremony in Brussels: EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail and EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route. There is a formal application process for extending or creating routes, which is set out in the Central EuroVelo Route Coordination Rules. Proposals can only be submitted every 3 years and the next deadline is the end of 2012. For more information please view the New Routes page of this website.