Skaka headed the delegation of Sarajevo in Zagreb: strengthening of ties between two cities of strategic importance for good relations between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia

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Today, the City of Sarajevo Delegation paid an official visit to Zagreb, where strengthening of cooperation was agreed between the two cities, which is of strategic importance for good relations between the two neighbouring and sovereign countries.

During the visit the Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka met with the Mayor of Zagreb Milan Bandić, and discussed with him the specific ways of cooperation and establishment of closer ties between the two capital cities. Since 2001 and the signing of Cooperation Agreement between Sarajevo and Zagreb, there is a framework for connecting the two cities.

The two mayors discussed, among other things, the possibilities of cooperation in different fields, from economy, promotion and development of tourism to cultural exchange. It was concluded that there is room for joint organization of large-scale events, and cooperation in organizing some of the best organized regional events such as New Year’s Eve celebration in Sarajevo or Advent in Zagreb. Furthermore, they discussed the inclusion of the two cities in a joint tourist route.

Special attention was dedicated to exchange of experiences in using EU pre-accession funds.
-Sarajevo and Zagreb have cherished very deep friendly and partner ties and we would like to continue and improve them. The region is in the focus of our international cooperation framework. We would like to use every positive opportunity and good will in the best interest of citizens of the two capitals. I would like to stress the importance of cooperation in the area of pre-accession funds, and I have made a suggestion to Zagreb to share their experiences with us – said Mayor Skaka.

Mayor of Zagreb, Milan Bandić stressed the strategic importance of quality relations between Zagreb and Sarajevo for the overall ties between the two countries. He stressed that there is a will for improvement of the said cooperation.

Mayor Skaka has thanked the City of Zagreb, which every year hosts primary school students from Sarajevo during the summer holidays in Novi Vinodolski. Skaka made a proposal for the City of Sarajevo to be the host of primary school students from Zagreb during the winter holidays at the Olympic Mountains.

Panel discussion “Treaty of Rome 60 years later: Four Freedoms in Everyday Lives of Citizens”

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The panel titled “Treaty of Rome – 60 years Later: Four Freedoms in Everyday Lives of Citizens” was held today in the City Hall as one of the activities within the project “Rome and Sarajevo for Europe”.

The panelists included the academic Mirko Pejanović, Azra Hadžiahmetović Ph.D.Econ, Edin Dilberović, Director of the Directorate for European Integration, and Lejla Ramić Mesihović on behalf of the Foreign Affairs Initiative, with Nedžma Džananović in the role of mediator. The panelists discussed the geopolitical, economic and administrative aspects of the EU enlargement, and drew interesting parallels between the time when the European Union was formed and the present period focusing on the processes that our country had gone through until now and what is to be expected in the forthcoming period in the process of enlargement.

The City of Sarajevo in partnership with the City of Rome and other partners is implementing the project “RoSaE”, financed within the framework of the programme “Europe for Citizens”. The project implementation, which started in 2017 has specific significance since last year marked the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome” said Dragana Solaković, Assistant to Mayor .
The project aims to raise awareness of the citizens of Rome and Sarajevo about the importance of the four freedoms introduced under the Treaty of Rome from 1957, and their contribution to the development of multicultural, democratic and free Europe in which people could live peacefully.

The goal of the project “Rome and Sarajevo for Europe” is to deepen the knowledge about the history of the European Union, to promote European values, and increase the participation of citizens in the democratic processes. The goal of the project is to build the bridge between the city of Rome and the city of Sarajevo which have different histories, but share the same European values and perspective.

The today’s panel was held within the framework of project activities, which also include the training of civil servants on the same topic in May. A study visit to the European institutions in Brussels is also planned.