Ambassador Bodonyi: „French companies are ready to contribute to organisation of EYOF 2019“

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.

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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.


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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.”


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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.



The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China congratulated Mr. Skaka on his appointment as the Mayor of the City of Sarajevo


The Mayor of the City of Sarajevo Mr. Abdulah Skaka received today in the City Hall, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Mrs. Chen Bo, who congratulated him on his appointment as the Mayor of the City of Sarajevo. The Ambassador, Mrs. Bo presented a greeting card from Mr. Wang Dongfeng, the Mayor of Tianjin Municipal People’s Government, with which Sarajevo established sister-city relationship in May, 1981.


On this occasion, the Ambassador invited the Mayor of the City of Sarajevo to participate in the Summit of China and Central and Eastern European countries, which will be held this year in the city of Ningbo, China, on June 7th-8th.

Participants in today’s reception assessed that it is necessary, in the upcoming period, to intensify mutual cooperation in the field of culture and economy.




The Mayor of the City of Sarajevo, Mr. Abdulah Skaka hosted a reception for the Ambassador of Switzerland and donator Offermann


The Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation in BiH, H.E. Andrea Rauber Saxer visited today the Mayor of the City of Sarajevo, Mr. Abdulah Skaka, to congratulate him on his appointment in the City hall.

The Mayor of the City of Sarajevo, Mr. Skaka and the Ambassador Mrs. Andrea Rauber Saxer agreed that a recent cooperation between the City of Sarajevo and the Embassy of Switzerland was extremely successful and they expressed hope that it will continue in the future.

During the reception, they talked about the relocation of the donated Cable Car equipment from the Swiss city Grächen, which is located in Camp Butmir. The Mayor of the City of Sarajevo, Mr. Skaka pointed out that he will make an additional effort to find an adequate solution, as soon as possible.


The donator, Edmond Offermann Dr.Sc., who also attended today’s reception, expressed his contentment with the beginning of construction of a new Cable Car which is expected to start soon.

Olympic flag handed over to the mayors of Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, the hosts of the forthcoming 14th EYOF 2019

(Address by the Mayor Skaka during the Olympic flag handover ceremony)

The Olympic flag was taken down and handed over to Abdulah Skaka and Nenad Samardžija, mayors of Sarajevo and East Sarajevo tonight at the Olympic village during the closing ceremony of 13th EYOF in Erzurum. In front of several thousand athletes from Europe, BiH national anthem was struck up, directing the attention of the European Olympic Family toward Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, the hosts of the forthcoming 14th EYOF 2019.

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( EYOF Closing Ceremony with the message: See you in Sarajevo! )

During the handover of the Olympic flag, Mayor Skaka congratulated the host on the successful organisation of EYOF and the athletes on their performance. „In February 1984 Sarajevo was the host of the best organized winter Olympics up to that time. Our intention is to repeat it and achieve even better results during EYOF 2019, which will serve to promote our cities, our country and it will be an excellent opportunity for our young people“, stressed Skaka.

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(Mayors Skaka and Sekmen exchanging gifts)

Mayor Skaka met with the Mayor of Erzurum Mehmet Sekmen who gave him a particularly warm welcome and introduced him to the Erzurum City Council. This Turkish city, which has a street named after Sarajevo, has 800,000 inhabitants, and its University numbers 300,000 students.

Mayor Sekmen offered expert assistance to the City of Sarajevo in the preparations for EYOF 2019, and announced the possibility for the City of Erzurum to restore the facades in one of Sarajevo’s streets as a token of friendship.

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Mayor Sekmen introduced  Mayor Skaka to the Erzurum City Council )

Mayor of Sarajevo was also received by the governor of Erzurum, who offered support in the organisation of EYOF 2019 in terms of human resources. Chief of police in Erzurum, with whom Mayor Skaka also had a meeting, expressed the readiness of the police experts to share their experiences with their colleagues in Sarajevo.


Sarajevo City Delegation at EYOF in Erzurum

The 13th European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) where six (6) Bosnian and Herzegovinian athletes: Martin Kamenica, Dino Terzić, Emina Husić, Sara Šišić, Miloš Čolić and Strahinja Erić will compete,  is taking place in the Turkish city of Erzurum until February 18th .

City of Sarajevo Delegation, headed by Mayor Abdulah Skaka, also attended the Opening Ceremony. Atmosphere was especially emotional during the procession of athletes from Bosnia and Herzegovina, who received the same ovations as the Turkish national team.



The cities of Sarajevo and East Sarajevo have a good reason to show their respect to the friends from Turkey who had shown their friendship twice. The first time was when they withdrew from the competition for EYOF 2017 in favour of Sarajevo, knowing that they were facing a candidate with Olympic experience, and the second time was when they showed understanding and took over the hosting of this year’s EYOF in order to give Sarajevo and East Sarajevo enough time to bring the infrastructure and other organisational arrangements in line with Olympic standards.

Mayor Skaka clearly expressed this to the Turkish Skiing Federation officials as well as the Mayor of Erzurum Mehmet Sekmen, with whom he will have a separate meeting.Representatives of the EYOF 2019 Executive Committee, who are also in Erzurum, are closely following all preparations by Turkish hosts, in order to gain the necessary experiences for 14th EYOF to be held in Sarajevo and East Sarajevo.

„The Days of Iranian Culture 2017“ opens on Monday at Sarajevo City Hall

„The Days of Iranian Culture 2017“ will open with the concert of Iranian music and the exhibition of Iranian artists on Monday, February 13th, at 19:00 hrs at the atrium of the Sarajevo City Hall.

Eight Iranian artists from the Province Isfahan will present their work at the exhibition, roundtables, workshops and concert. Until February 17, from 10:00 to 20:00 hrs, visitors will be able to see calligraphy, Iranian miniatures – one of the best well known forms of Iranian painting and wood carvings (mo’raq) and handicrafts (carvings, enamel ware, pottery, ornaments made of ivory, wood and camel bones). There will also be an exhibition of photographs of Isfahan, one of the most beautiful cities of Iran.

“The Days of Iranian Culture”, which is being held within the framework of exchanges between the two countries, IR Iran and Bosnia and Herzegovina, is organized jointly by the Iranian Cultural Centre, City of Sarajevo, Academy of Fine Arts and Music Academy, Federal Ministry of Culture and Sports and its Foundation for Music, Performing and Fine Arts.

Citizens and guests from Mostar also had a chance to see this exceptional exhibition of artists from our friendly country of Iran until February 10th.

Mayor Abdulah Skaka received the Ambassador of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria


Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka received today the nonresidential Ambassador of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria H.E. Abdelhamid Senouci Bereksi. At the beginning, Mayor wished the Ambassador a successful term of office and welcomed him to Sarajevo.

Both sides emphasized the significance of the Sister City Agreement between Sarajevo and Tlemcen from 1964 and agreed that there is a need to renew cooperation, especially in the field of culture.


The Ambassador said that he was very impressed with Sarajevo and its people, noting the many cultural and historic similarities and connections between the two countries, with special emphasis on the shared values of multiculturalism and coexistence of different cultures and traditions.


Abdulah Skaka – the New Mayor of Sarajevo

The City of Sarajevo has elected its 38th Mayor today. His name is Abdulah Skaka (SDA), and he is of Bosniak nationality, and he was elected by city councilors at the constitutional assembly of the Sarajevo City Council.



The newly elected Mayor Abdulah Skaka said that it is his great honour and privilege to be elected to this position and he thanked the councilors who placed their trust in him. It is a great obligation and responsibility to be the head of the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. “I will strive to be a true representative of the City of Sarajevo through my work and efforts and to represent all citizens and residents of Sarajevo with dignity” said Skaka after the election.

The elected Deputy Mayors are Ivica Šarić (SDA) of Croat nationality and Milan Trivić (SBB) of Serb nationality.


The new Chairman of the Sarajevo City Council is Igor Gavrić from the Alliance for Better Future (SBB), while Edina Gabela (SDA) and Mira Jurić (USD) were elected as Deputy Chairman.