The City of Sarajevo joined the campaign Cities for Europe- Europe for Citizens

Cities for Europe campaign was started by the Eurocities network. The aim of the campaign is to involve citizens in a dialogue about the future, to inspire all levels of government to build societies where people come first and to impact the way decisions are taken in Europe.

Ultimately, ‘Cities4Europe – Europe for Citizens’ wants to inspire cities and other levels of government, including the EU institutions, to pursue mechanisms and tools that engage citizens in policy making, strengthening new forms of democracy across Europe.

The City of Sarajevo joined the Campaing ‘Cities4Europe-Europe for Citizens’ and held a panel discussion on the topic “Agreement from Rome, 60 years later, four freedoms in the everyday life of citizens “, as one of the activities within the project ‘Rome and Sarajevo for Europe ‘. The discussion was held at the City Hall and panelists included academician 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 Policy Initiative, while the moderator was prof. Nedžma Džananović.

The project aim is to raise awareness of the citizens of Rome and Sarajevo on the importance of the four freedoms that have been introduced by the Rome Treaties in 1957, and their contribution to the development of multicultural, democratic and free Europe in which people can live peacefully.

The aim of the “Rome and Sarajevo for Europe” project is to deepen the knowledge about the history of the European Union, promote European values, and increase citizen participation in democratic processes. The project’s goal is also to build a bridge between the City of Rome and the City of Sarajevo, which have different histories, but share European values and prospects.

Within the project activities, training for civil servants is planned in May, while a study visit to Brussels is planned for September.

The April 6th Award and other recognitions were presented during the ceremonial session of the City Council at the City Hall, on the occasion of the Day of the City of Sarajevo


The ceremonial session of the City Council held last night at the City Hall, where city awards and recognitions were presented, was the pinnacle of the whole-day programme of marking of April 6th – the day of the City of Sarajevo.

Apart from the diplomatic corps, representatives of all government levels, city councilors and former mayors, the ceremony was attended by representatives of sister and partner cities: Ankara, Moscow, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Skopje, Budapest, Doha, Innsbruck, Magdeburg, Dubrovnik, Pula, Prato, Novi Pazar, Goražde and Brčko District.

The guests were greeted by the Chairman of the City Council Igor Gavrić, in the role of host. Congratulating the holiday of freedom, Chairman Gavrić said: “While other cities have their protectors, patrons and saints, Sarajevo has a fateful connection to this date. The Sixth of April is a fateful date for this city”.


The Mayor Abdulah Skaka joined in the message of congratulations, stressing that April 6th is the most fateful date in the turbulent and glorious history of our city and an occasion for remembering all those who defended Sarajevo.

He reminded that Sarajevo is a special city, as testified by its inhabitants and numerous guests, and as the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina it possesses numerous resources, making it the regional centre and European partner in many projects.

He announced that the city administration will continue to improve the life in the city, working on infrastructural projects and all other projects of importance to the citizens of Sarajevo, and all those who come to visit it. “Our working space is a platform of importance for the whole community, state and region”, stressed Mayor Skaka.

The Chairman of the City Council Gavrić presented the “April 6th Award of the City of Sarajevo” for 2018 to the University karate club “Bosna” for their contribution in the field of sport; “Centrotrans – Eurolines” Sarajevo for the field of economy; the Association of veterans of special police force “Lasta” for contribution in other fields of life and work; Ismet Gavrankapetanović Dr. Sci. Med for the field of health and social welfare; Emir Hadžihafizbegović for the field of culture and art and Tatjana Ljuljić-Mijatović Ph.D. for the field of science and education.

Mayor Skaka presented the Plaque of the City of Sarajevo for accomplished results to the cultural centre “King Fahd”; Vlado Raguž and Kurt Kalcher Ph.D., and the award “Sarajevo snowflake” to the brave and courageous Ismail Zulfić, whose physical impairment does not prevent him from winning medals in swimming. The “Graham Bamford Award” for civil courage went to Kenan Ćubra and Irhan Fočo. Following the artistic program, the whole-day program of commemoration of the Day of the City of Sarajevo ended with spectacular fireworks.

The new cable car was opened in the presence of over 300 guests, officials and members of delegations from across the world

The new Trebević cable car was opened as part of the ceremony on the occasion of April 6th, the Day of the City of Sarajevo in the presence of over 300 officials, guests and citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina and journalists from across the world. The cable car was ceremonially put into operation by Edmond Offermann, the main donor and the Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka.

This is the biggest infrastructural and development project implemented by the City of Sarajevo in the post-war period. 20 million BAM were invested in the reconstruction, out of which 7 million were donated by Mr. Offermann. The Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka thanked all delegations, guests and citizens of Sarajevo.

“Today, Sarajevo is the centre of the region. I was supposed to prepare a speech, but I will speak from my heart instead. I will be emotional and too personal but the occasion allows for it ” said Skaka.

Obraćanje gradonačelnika Abdulaha Skake na otvaranju Žičare

Dodjela priznanja Muhamedu Hamamdžiću, najstarijem radniku prijeratne sarajevske Žičare

“We are reconstructing the last destroyed symbol of Sarajevo. We are building and talking about emotions here; we are taking down the invisible border here and working jointly on building Bosnia and Herzegovina and on reconciliation of peoples. That is our mission, we are here today to show that we are hardworking people” said Skaka stressing that this is a turning point from the period of the reconstruction of the city to the period of building and development of new Sarajevo.

The Mayor emphasized that the project of reconstruction of the Trebević Cable Car could not have been realized without Mr. Edmond Offermann and his wife Maja.

“Maja is crying now although we agreed that she would not cry. Thank you Mr. and Mrs Offermann” said Skaka.

The main donor of the Trebević cable car Edmond Offermann spoke about the year 2008 when he decided to help the reconstruction of the Cable Car.

“My moto in life is “know what you have, know what you want and you will have it”. Here we are 10 years later and this is the result of that telephone call. Yes, we can!” said Offermann. The audience was also addressed by Muhamed Hamamdžić, who worked for 35 years at the Trevbević cable car facility, who was awarded with a special recognition. He presented the workers of the new cable car with a special certificate.

Uručenje povelje uposlenicima nove Trebevičke žičare

Among others, the ceremony was attended by Šefik Džaferović, Deputy Chairman of the BiH Parliament House of Representatives, Safet Softić Deputy Chairman of the BiH Parliament House of Peoples and state ministers Semiha Borovac and Ismir Jusko, Prime Minister of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Fadil Novalić, Minister of the Interior Aljoša Čampara, Prime Minister of Sarajevo Canton Adem Zolj and many other state, entity, cantonal and municipal officials.

Furthermore, many delegations of sister and partner cities have lent solemnity to the occasion. Among other guests, those in attendance included the mayors of Vienna, Ankara, Zagreb, Skopje, delegations of Moscow, Ljubljana, Budapest, Doha, Innsbruck, Magdeburg, Dubrovnik, Pula, Prato, Novi Pazar, Goražde and Brčko Dictrict. The opening was attended by representatives of the Diplomatic corps and many public figures including, among others, the High Representative Valentin Inzko, and the coach of the Bosnian and Herzegovinian national football team Robert Prosinečki.

After the opening, the guests had a chance to enjoy in the panoramic ride on the cable car. The installation of the cable car has 33 cabins, its capacity is 1200 persons, and the driving speed is 5 meters per second, which means that the ride lasts approximately seven minutes. The capacity of one cabin is 10 persons and the loading capacity is 750 kg.

There are 10 pillars from the first to the last stop. The distance between cabins is 150 meters, and it can operate with 50% capacity. This means that it can operate with 16 cabins along the route with the distance of 300 m.

The Trebević Cable Car will bring the closest and favourite resort of Sarajevans – Mount Trebević – back to life. The view of the city from Trebević is spectacular and all visitors can enjoy in the clean air. After 26 years the Trebević Cable Car was once again opened for all Sarajevans and guests of the city. The Cable Car was destroyed at the beginning of the siege.