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

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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.

 

 

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.

Mayor Skaka received the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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During the meeting with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Hani bin Abdullah M. Mominah, the Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka discussed the establishing of quality cooperation between the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the partner from Saudi Arabia.

The topics under discussion included the plans for strengthening ties and implementation of specific activities in the forthcoming period, with the goal of forging more specific partner relations.

“We sincerely appreciate everything that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has done for Bosnia and Herzegovina to date, particularly for Sarajevo, during the period of reconstruction. We would like for these relations to evolve into partner cooperation based on mutual interest, economic development, with the emphasis on cooperation in the field of tourism. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Bosnia and Herzegovina has implemented many projects, especially in Sarajevo” said Mayor Skaka.

The friendly relations with Saudi Arabia represent a tradition which Sarajevo will continue to foster and cherish. The members of the diplomatic corps of Saudi Arabia also expressed the desire to establish stronger cooperation and create an official framework, which would be elaborated in the future.

Mayor Abdulah Skaka received the introductory visit from the new Slovene Ambassador H.E. Zorica Bukinac

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“The cities of Sarajevo and Ljubljana have a long history of very good friendly and partner relations” said the Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka during the introductory visit from Zorica Bukinac, the newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The cooperation ranges from economy to tourism, sport and culture.

During the meeting at the Sarajevo City Hall, Mayor Skaka and Ambassador Bukinac agreed that there is a need to continue the nurturing of close and meaningful relations to the mutual benefit.
“We have regular contacts with the Mayor of Ljubljana Mr. Zoran Janković. We implemented numerous cooperation projects and we plan to continue in this fashion. The Embassy of Slovenia in Bosnia and Herzegovina was of great assistance to us.” said Skaka
Mayor Skaka wished Ambassador Bukinac all the best in her new diplomatic post.

 

Non-resident Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Bosnia and Herzegovina paid a visit to Mayor Skaka

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Non-resident Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Bosnia and Herzegovina H.E. Jakkrit Srivali visited the Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka at the Sarajevo City Hall today. During the meeting it was concluded that there are a lot of areas for improvement of ties especially in the field of tourism and cultural exchange.

Mayor Skaka emphasized the importance of the last year’s visit by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, who paid a visit to the City Hall on that occasion.

Mayor Skaka informed the guests about the progress of infrastructural projects in the City of Sarajevo and the plans for the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina to become the economic and tourist centre of the region. Ambassador Srivali is the nonresidential Ambassador for Bosnia and Herzegovina stationed in Budapest.

Opening the door to cooperation: Mayors of Sarajevo and Doha signed the Twinning Agreement between the two cities

Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Doha, the capital city of the State of Qatar are twin cities from now on.

The Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka and the Mayor of Doha Jamal Matar Al Naimi have signed the Twinning Agreement between the two cities in a ceremony in Qatar. The signing was attended by the Chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers Denis Zvizdić and the Prime Minister of Qatar Sheikh Abdullah bin Naser bin Khalifa Al Thani.

The Twinning Agreement has set the framework for improvement of relations and extension of cooperation in different fields ranging from economy and development to culture and sport exchange between the two capital cities.

Doha is a city with over 1.3 million inhabitants and it is one of the world’s financial and investment centers. Establishing connections with Sarajevo is a big step towards strengthening ties not only between cities but also between peoples and countries as a whole.

The Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka had stressed at the start of his mandate that the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina would strive to establish twin city relationships with state capital cities first and foremost, with the intention of achieving visible benefits for the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

 

Mayor Skaka headed the Sarajevo city delegation during the official visit to Muscat, capital city of Sultanate Oman

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Upon invitation by Mohsin Mohamed Al-Shaikh, the Mayor of Muscat, the capital city of Sultanate Oman, the delegation of the City of Sarajevo, headed by the Mayor Abdulah Skaka paid an official three-day visit to the capital city of Sultanate Oman. This visit was the result of previously established contacts between the two mayors.

Apart from the representatives of the City of Sarajevo, the delegation consisted of representatives of Bosnian and Herzegovinian businesses who had the opportunity to present the potentials of our country in the field of tourism, food industry, wood processing industry, construction and banking during the visit.

“With this visit the City of Sarajevo has opened the doors for our entrepreneurs to cooperate with Oman which has shown great interest in our country. The hosts showed their interest in projects from different fields with a focus on tourism, education and investments, as evident from the meeting with Abdulsalam Al-Murshidi General Manager of the State General Reserve Fund and Investment and Development Agency” stressed Mayor Skaka.

A return visit is expected to take place in the forthcoming period to present the natural resources and development possibilities in the fields of energy, agriculture, food industry and tourism through specific projects.

This successful visit, implemented in cooperation with the BBI VIP Business Club, has once again shown that Sarajevo is a brand that can open the doors of cooperation across the world, as well as that Sarajevo has all the potentials to become the economic, social and educational hub of Southeast Europe through strategic action.