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.