Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka received today the Ambassador of the Republic of France to Bosnia and Herzegovina H.E. Claire Bodonyi, who congratulated him on his election. Mayor Skaka expressed his hope for successful continuation of the existing cooperation between the City and the French Embassy.
Ambassador expressed her interest in the project EYOF 2019, stressing that the French Embassy promotes and supports local government in order for the winter edition of the European Youth Olympic Festival to be successful.
“This competition can show that Bosnia and Herzegovina is capable of organising international events and that the efficient cooperation between Sarajevo and East Sarajevo is possible” stressed Bodonyi.
Mayor Skaka expressed his pleasure that the focus of today’s meeting was EYOF 2019, and he reflected on the activities related to this project.
“This city administration takes the organisation of this youth festival very seriously. At the closing ceremony of 13th EYOF in Erzurum in mid-February, we took over the Olympic flag, turning the focus of the European Olympic family towards Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, the hosts of the next 14th EYOF 2019.”
Ambassador Bodonyi said that the French government set up a Fund for Analysis and Assistance to the private Sector (FASEP) with the aim to support the organisation of the youth sport festival.“This Fund is financing a technical study which will determine what is necessary for the ski centres Jahorina and Bjelašnica. The Cluster Montagne Group gathers all French firms which specialize in equipping ski centres, is ready to give its contribution to the implementation of this project”, stressed the French Ambassador.
On this occasion the Ambassador invited Mayor Skaka to hold a meeting with the representatives of the Cluster Montagne Group, who will visit Sarajevo in mid-March, to exchange experiences concerning the organisation of EYOF 2019.
Both agreed that the hosting of the winter European Youth Olympic Festival will send a positive message to the whole of Europe from Sarajevo and East Sarajevo.