Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka presented with the keys of the Albanian capital during official visit to Tirana

The Mayor of Sarajevo, Abdulah Skaka paid an official visit to Tirana, the capital city of Albania, where he met with the Mayor Erion Veliaj and was presented with the keys of this sister city. The capital city of BiH and Tirana have been sister cities since 1996 and they cultivate close relations.This visit is an introduction to the additional efforts in the implementation of joint initiatives, closer connections and mutual support in the field of international cooperation.

Mayor Skaka thanked the host for the honour shown to him, stressing that Sarajevo and Tirana have a shared European future and are evolving into true European metropolises and regional centres.

“This is a great honour for me personally and for all the citizens of Sarajevo. Our cities are developing rapidly and we must improve relations, cooperation and framework of networking. The capital cities are not just the key generators of economic development, but they can and should be the leaders in opening political processes and bringing the region closer together. In this light I see our future enhanced partnership” said Skaka.

During the working meeting the mayors Skaka and Veliaj discussed the specific cooperation projects in tourism, exchange of experiences in using EU funds and development opportunities, and the exchange of ideas on the joint approach to foreign markets.

The Mayor of Tirana was particularly interested in the successful experiences of Sarajevo in the construction and operation of the Trebević Cable Car. Furthermore, in view of the upcoming Summit of the Mayors of CEE and China, they discussed the better use of opportunities within the initiative “16+1” which has established a framework for joint activities of regional capitals and foreign investors. The official meeting was also attended by the Honorary Consul of BiH in Albania Fikret Klarić.

High delegation of Beijing Municipality paid a visit to Sarajevo

The delegation of the City of Sarajevo headed by Ivica Šarić, Deputy Mayor and Igor Gavrić, Chairman of the Sarajevo City Council, received the delegation of the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality, headed by Yan Aoshuang, Chairman of the Permanent Board of Beijing Municipal People’s Congress (BMPC).
The meeting was also attended by the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China Chen Bo.

The high delegation of Beijing Municipality visited Sarajevo with the purpose of strengthening relations with the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the guests were given a tour of some of the main cultural-historic monuments and tourist attractions including the Trebević Cable Car.

During the meeting at the City Hall, the two parties discussed the initiative to establish sister city relations between Sarajevo and Beijing. Deputy Mayor Šarić welcomed the delegation, pointing out that both cities hosted the Olympic Games and share a lot of joint interests.

  • Sarajevo is developing rapidly and next year it will be the host of the EYOF sports competition, while Beijing will be the host of WOG 2022 – said Šarić.

Chairman Gavrić added that Sarajevo was the economic and administrative centre of the country, stressing that there is a will to improve ties. Ms Yan Aoshuang said that the delegation was honoured by the reception in Sarajevo, emphasizing that there is a great interest for development of tourist relations.

  • The relations between our cities are improving and it is our hope that this visit will strengthen them even further. Sarajevo is without doubt attractive for tourists from Beijing and we are very happy because of it – said the high representative form the capital city of China.

Sarajevo Information Centre on the ICTY hosted Ambassador Berton, Head of OSCE mission to BiH

Ivo Komšić, President of the Mayor’s Council for the Sarajevo Information Centre on the ICTY received H.E. Ambassador Bruce G. Berton, Head of OSCE Mission to BiH today at the City Hall.The reception was also attended by Rosalynd Roberts, Legal Aide for War Crime Issues and Rule of Law at the OSCE.

Komšić acquainted Ambassador Berton with the ongoing activities and future plans of the Information Centre. He stressed the educational role of the Centre in the research of war crimes from legal, historic, sociological, philosophical, politological and psychological aspect similar to the Nuremberg Academy. There is a plan to launch International Doctoral Studies, the thesis of which will be based on accessible archive of the ICTY.

Ambassador Berton stressed the important role of the Centre and expressed his satisfaction with the ongoing activities of the Sarajevo Information Centre on the ICTY.

After the meeting in the Centre, the delegation had a tour of the permanent exhibition entitled “Siege of Sarajevo through the Rulings of the ICTY “, the authentic courtroom of the ICTY and signed in the book of impressions.

Deputy Mayor Trivić received the delegation of Lower Silesia from Poland

Deputy Mayor of Sarajevo, Milan Trivić, received today the delegation of the Regional Parliament of Lower Silesia from Poland which was on a three-day official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

During the meeting, they discussed the strengthening of ties and establishing specific business contacts and cooperation to the mutual benefit of the regional development, economy, town planning, education, culture.

Particular emphasis was given to the exchange of experiences in the use of EU pre-accession funds and the support of Poland to our country on its way to EU integration.

After the meeting, the Parliamentary Delegation from Lower Silesia was given a tour of the premises of the Sarajevo Information Centre on the ICTY.

 

The newly appointed Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain Jose Maria Valdemoro Gimenez paid an introductory visit to the Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka

The Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka received today the newly appointed Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain Jose Maria Valdemoro Gimenez, welcoming him and wishing him a successful mandate in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ambassador Gimenez expressed the support of Spain to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the process of Euro Atlantic integration.

They discussed the process of reforms in BiH on the road to integration into the EU and NATO, and agreed that peace and stability are the main prerequisites for economic and all other development.

Mayor Skaka highlighted the special relations that Sarajevo has with cities of Barcelona and Madrid.

After the meeting, Ambassador Gimenez visited the premises of the Sarajevo Information Centre on the ICTY.

ICTY Information Centre Sarajevo hosted the first International Law Summer School

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ICTY Information Centre Sarajevo, located at the City Hall was the venue of the one-day lecture for 26 foreign students – who are attending the International Law Summer School “The Role of Transitional Justice in Restoring Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Post-conflict Societies”.

The School was set up as part of the cooperation established between the City of Sarajevo and the Sarajevo Law Faculty through the signing of Memorandum of Understanding in June this year.

The attendants of the Summer School organized by the University of Sarajevo Law Faculty, Association “Pravnik” and “Konrad Adenauer” Foundation were pre-graduate and post -graduate students from Spain, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Ukraine, Switzerland, Hungary and Albania.

 

During the lectures and interactive lesson, the students acquired knowledge about the role of the ICTY in the development and improvement of international humanitarian and criminal code, which had in the 24 years of its operation developed a universally accepted standards and practices of conflict resolution, prosecution of war criminals and establishing individual culpability for criminal acts of genocide, crimes against humanity, violation of laws and customs of war and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions.

During their time spent in the Information Centre, the ICS staff showed the students the permanent exhibition “The Siege of Sarajevo through the Judgments of the ICTY”, as well as the operation of the base for accessing ICTY archive. They also had a tour of the original courtroom of the ICTY which is on permanent display at the City Hall.

Registrar of the Residual Mechanism promised to support the Information Centre on the ICTY in Sarajevo

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Deputy Mayor of Sarajevo Milan Trivić received the delegation of the Residual Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals headed by Olufemi Elias today at the City Hall.

In the meeting, they discussed the ways of future cooperation with the goal of promoting and putting into operation the Information Centre on the ICTY in Sarajevo, which was officially opened on May 23 this year. Deputy Mayor Trivić acquainted the delegation of the Residual Mechanism with the activities which were carried out to date. He particularly emphasized the cooperation established with the Faculty of Law, which will enable students and law experts to use the ICTY archive, housed at the Information Centre in the City Hall, through online data bases, as well as the authentic courtroom in their practical classes.

The Registrar of the Mechanism Olufemi praised the City Administration’s efforts and the results achieved in setting up the Centre. He said that the Mechanism will invests efforts and look for financial and other types of material support for the operation of the Centre, in accordance with the signed Memorandum of Understanding.

The meeting was attended by Ivo Komšić, President of the Mayor’s Council for Information Centre, which operates as part of the City of Sarajevo and Almir Alić, representative of the Secretariat of the MICT in BiH.

„Vienna Days in Sarajevo“ ended with the Smart City Conference

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The Hydroelectric power plants and drinking water and urban mobility were the topics of the second day of the conference „Sarajevo and Vienna – Innovative Solutions for the Future”, which was being held as part of the event Vienna Days in Sarajevo“. The two-day conference in the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina was organized by the City of Vienna and the City of Sarajevo.

The panellists on today’s topic were Mario Tomassovits and Ina Homleier from the City Vienna, Gregor- Robert Posch from the Start-up Services Vienna, Adnan Strojl from JP Autoceste Federacije BiH (FBiH Highways) , Vedad Bećirović from the UNSA Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Edin Mehić from Netwroks INT.

The focus of the panel was on drinking water and small hydroelectric power plants i.e. start up companies and innovative projects related to “smart city” strategy.

When talking about small hydroelectric power plants Tomassovits, among other, said that small hydroelectric power plants for drinking water are more economical and their maintenance cheaper, but that the utilisation and profitability depend on many factors, one of them being the amount of water.

Adnan Strojl from Autoceste Federacije BiH talked about urban mobility and reminded that JP Autoceste Federacije BiH implemented the most advanced intelligent transport system, applying technology that can improve the flow of traffic in the city by 30 to 40 percent with the existing infrastructure, for example smart management of traffic lights or introduction of special rules for cyclists.

The director of Eurocomm- PR Sarajevo Berina Filipović Kulenović said that the conclusions and exchange of experiences from yesterday and today will be exceptionally valuable.

 In modern age we are living in, it is necessary to say loudly and clearly that smart solutions in solving the problems of everyday life are much needed and necessary, and that they result in good quality of life – stressed Filipović-Kulenović.
The development of smart technologies is one of the priorities in the City of Sarajevo Policies until the year 2020.

The event “Vienna Days in Sarajevo” organized by the City of Vienna, City of Sarajevo and the local office of the City of Vienna Eurocomm-PR Sarajevo, held under the slogan “smarty city”, was closed with the gala reception at Hotel Europe.

Two-day conference „Sarajevo and Vienna – Innovative Solutions for the Future“

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„Sarajevo and Vienna – Innovative Solutions for the Future“ is the title of the two-day conference which is being held as part of „Vienna Days in Sarajevo“.

The Conference will offer effective models for creating long term smart city strategies with the aim of applying the best technological solutions.

“Our ambition is for Sarajevo to become a city with smart well- connected public services, with fast application of many solutions, and thus a capital city with a more beautiful, better and happier future” stressed Deputy Mayor Ivica Šarić in his welcome speech.

On behalf of the City of Vienna, which was proclaimed the city with the best quality of life in the world for nine consecutive years, the delegate at the Regional and City Council of Vienna Marcus Schober said that he was convinced that the exchange of knowledge and experience would lead to joint projects that would improve and upgrade the quality of life of the citizens from the two cities.

 

The first day of the Conference consisted of presentations by experts from the two cities on the topics related to smart city, efficient city communication and energy. The Smart City Conference will continue tomorrow on the topics of smart solutions for managing cycling traffic and city waters, support to start ups, as well as education from the aspect of retraining in line with the process of digitalisation and trends in the labour market.

Firefighters from Vienna donated vehicles to Volunteer Fire Fighting Brigade Alipašin Most

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Gerald Schimpf, officer and spokesperson of the professional Viennese firefighting brigade handed over the keyes of the firefighting vehicle to Mesud Jusufović, president of the Volunteer fire fighting brigade Alipašin Most. He stressed that this donation represents the continuation of the long lasting cooperation between the Viennese and Sarajevan fire fighters, and the friendly cities of Vienna and Sarajevo.

The handover ceremony was attended by the Deputy Mayor Milan Trivić, who expressed his appreciation for the donation on behalf of the City of Sarajevo and its citizens, expressing his conviction that the future cooperation between our two cities will be intensified through joint projects such as Vienna Days in Sarajevo.

„This is the second vehicle that we received from the City of Vienna. It can carry a whole department of fire fighters, and the novelty is that it possesses rescue equipment so that we could help rescuing people injured in car accidents and people trapped under ruins“ stressed Jusufović, the president of Volunteer Fire Fighting Brigade Alipašin Most.