Ambassador Bodonyi: „French companies are ready to contribute to organisation of EYOF 2019“

Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka received today the Ambassador of the Republic of France to Bosnia and Herzegovina H.E. Claire Bodonyi, who congratulated him on his election. Mayor Skaka expressed his hope for successful continuation of the existing cooperation between the City and the French Embassy.

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Ambassador expressed her interest in the project EYOF 2019, stressing that the French Embassy promotes and supports local government in order for the winter edition of the European Youth Olympic Festival to be successful.

“This competition can show that Bosnia and Herzegovina is capable of organising international events and that the efficient cooperation between Sarajevo and East Sarajevo is possible” stressed Bodonyi.


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Mayor Skaka expressed his pleasure that the focus of today’s meeting was EYOF 2019, and he reflected on the activities related to this project.

“This city administration takes the organisation of this youth festival very seriously. At the closing ceremony of 13th EYOF in Erzurum in mid-February, we took over the Olympic flag, turning the focus of the European Olympic family towards Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, the hosts of the next 14th EYOF 2019.”


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Ambassador Bodonyi said that the French government set up a Fund for Analysis and Assistance to the private Sector (FASEP) with the aim to support the organisation of the youth sport festival.“This Fund is financing a technical study which will determine what is necessary for the ski centres Jahorina and Bjelašnica. The Cluster Montagne Group gathers all French firms which specialize in equipping ski centres, is ready to give its contribution to the implementation of this project”, stressed the French Ambassador.

On this occasion the Ambassador invited Mayor Skaka to hold a meeting with the representatives of the Cluster Montagne Group, who will visit Sarajevo in mid-March, to exchange experiences concerning the organisation of EYOF 2019.

Both agreed that the hosting of the winter European Youth Olympic Festival will send a positive message to the whole of Europe from Sarajevo and East Sarajevo.



Olympic flag handed over to the mayors of Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, the hosts of the forthcoming 14th EYOF 2019

(Address by the Mayor Skaka during the Olympic flag handover ceremony)

The Olympic flag was taken down and handed over to Abdulah Skaka and Nenad Samardžija, mayors of Sarajevo and East Sarajevo tonight at the Olympic village during the closing ceremony of 13th EYOF in Erzurum. In front of several thousand athletes from Europe, BiH national anthem was struck up, directing the attention of the European Olympic Family toward Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, the hosts of the forthcoming 14th EYOF 2019.

ceremonija zatvaranja EYOF-a s porukom: Vidimo se u Sarajevu!

( EYOF Closing Ceremony with the message: See you in Sarajevo! )

During the handover of the Olympic flag, Mayor Skaka congratulated the host on the successful organisation of EYOF and the athletes on their performance. „In February 1984 Sarajevo was the host of the best organized winter Olympics up to that time. Our intention is to repeat it and achieve even better results during EYOF 2019, which will serve to promote our cities, our country and it will be an excellent opportunity for our young people“, stressed Skaka.

gradonačelnici Skaka i Sekmen razmijenili prigodne poklone

(Mayors Skaka and Sekmen exchanging gifts)

Mayor Skaka met with the Mayor of Erzurum Mehmet Sekmen who gave him a particularly warm welcome and introduced him to the Erzurum City Council. This Turkish city, which has a street named after Sarajevo, has 800,000 inhabitants, and its University numbers 300,000 students.

Mayor Sekmen offered expert assistance to the City of Sarajevo in the preparations for EYOF 2019, and announced the possibility for the City of Erzurum to restore the facades in one of Sarajevo’s streets as a token of friendship.

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Mayor Sekmen introduced  Mayor Skaka to the Erzurum City Council )

Mayor of Sarajevo was also received by the governor of Erzurum, who offered support in the organisation of EYOF 2019 in terms of human resources. Chief of police in Erzurum, with whom Mayor Skaka also had a meeting, expressed the readiness of the police experts to share their experiences with their colleagues in Sarajevo.


Sarajevo City Delegation at EYOF in Erzurum

The 13th European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) where six (6) Bosnian and Herzegovinian athletes: Martin Kamenica, Dino Terzić, Emina Husić, Sara Šišić, Miloš Čolić and Strahinja Erić will compete,  is taking place in the Turkish city of Erzurum until February 18th .

City of Sarajevo Delegation, headed by Mayor Abdulah Skaka, also attended the Opening Ceremony. Atmosphere was especially emotional during the procession of athletes from Bosnia and Herzegovina, who received the same ovations as the Turkish national team.



The cities of Sarajevo and East Sarajevo have a good reason to show their respect to the friends from Turkey who had shown their friendship twice. The first time was when they withdrew from the competition for EYOF 2017 in favour of Sarajevo, knowing that they were facing a candidate with Olympic experience, and the second time was when they showed understanding and took over the hosting of this year’s EYOF in order to give Sarajevo and East Sarajevo enough time to bring the infrastructure and other organisational arrangements in line with Olympic standards.

Mayor Skaka clearly expressed this to the Turkish Skiing Federation officials as well as the Mayor of Erzurum Mehmet Sekmen, with whom he will have a separate meeting.Representatives of the EYOF 2019 Executive Committee, who are also in Erzurum, are closely following all preparations by Turkish hosts, in order to gain the necessary experiences for 14th EYOF to be held in Sarajevo and East Sarajevo.

Representatives of the City of Sarajevo and EYOF company presented the program of acitivites of the forthcoming European Youth Olympic Festival to the members of EOC Coordination Committee

The representatives of the City of Sarajevo and EYOF company presented the report on the undertaken activities to date at the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee in Minsk, as well as future steps with regard to speeding up the activities in the preparation of EYOF Sarajevo and East Sarajevo 2019. Apart from the representatives of the City and EYOF, the meeting was attended by the members of OC BiH headed by president Marijan Kvesić, and EYOG manager Katerina Nicova and member of the EOC Commission Josef Liba.

The visit to the host cities by the acting president of EOC Janez Kocijančić and the members of Coordination Committee, the purpose of which is to determine the progress  of preparations and meet the officials of government institutions at all levels, was announced on this occasion.