ICTY Information Centre Sarajevo hosted the first International Law Summer School


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


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


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“


„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


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.

„Vienna Days in Sarajevo“ was opened


The Vienna Days in Sarajevo event, which was officially opened tonight, will have the smart city strategy in its focus, with the aim of applying the best technological solutions in the areas of traffic, water, energy, urban mobility, local self-governance, education and start-ups.

The experts from the two cities will exchange experiences from innovative projects at the Conference on the above mentioned topics, which earned the City of Vienna the title of the city with the best quality of life in the world for nine consecutive years.

The part of the programme which was open for public took place at the square in front of the BBI centre, and it included the performance of the young Austrian DJ Febration, this year’s winner of Donauinselfest, the biggest outdoor music festival in Europe.

The public was able to see a screening of a short film titled “Summer in Vienna” and enjoy in the Viennese ice cream, use the photo booth and participate in a prize competition.

Deputy Mayor Ivica Šarić stressed at the opening ceremony that this event represents the continuation of a joint project between friendly cities Sarajevo and Vienna:

“The historical ties, comparatively small geographical distance, and the reputation and importance of Vienna in the perception of the citizens of Sarajevo are advantages that should be used for mutual benefit and pleasure” said Šarić.

Marcus Schober, on behalf of the City of Vienna, expressed his pleasure that the capital city of Austria is represented for the third time to Sarajevo citizens with the aim of bringing the two capital cities and their citizens closer together.

Prior to the opening of this year’s Vienna Days, Deputy Mayor Šarić received the delegation of the City of Vienna, which organized this event in collaboration with the “Eurocomm-PR Sarajevo” local office.

Sarajevo has been recognized as an important link in the framework of the „Road and Belt“ initiative and the „16+1“ mechanism


Sarajevo was the host of the high level meeting organized by the Foundation Shared Societies and Values and the Centre for Promotion and Development of Belt and Road Initiative.

This important meeting gathers in one place numerous present and former heads of states and governments, leaders from the public and private sector, and prominent members of the academic community and civil society.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country which faces many challenges, and events of this kind, offering the experiences of others and discussion on perspectives for the coming decades, are of great importance.

Mayor Abdulah Skaka stressed that economic relations between China and BiH have been greatly strengthened through the mechanism „16+1“, within the framework of which the City of Sarajevo has made contact and cooperation with Beijing.

„I am very pleased that Sarajevo has been recognized as an important link within the framework of the initiative as well as the mechanism 16+1, and we are determined to give our maximum contribution in this respect“, said Skaka.

The mutual introduction of visa-free regime between Bosnia and Herzegovina and China, will significantly contribute to the improvement of our relations and exchanges in all areas. The initiatives of this kind enable quality projects from our country to have a chance to enter the world’s most populous market

The Information Centre on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) was opened in Sarajevo


The Sarajevo Information Centre on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) was opened today at the City Hall by the Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka and Gabrielle McIntyre and the former judge at the ICTY Fausto Pocar.

„The establishment of the Information Centre on the International Criminal Tribunal and promotion of their legacy is a project of historic significance for the City of Sarajevo and the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Centre is a one more step closer towards truth and justice; confronting the past; developing peace and reconciliation“, stressed Mayor Skaka.

The mandate of the Information Centre Sarajevo is to provide updated, direct and secure electronic access to the public documents of the International Criminal Tribunal and archive material contained in ICTY’s online databases. The Centre is located in the City Hall and it will operate as a separate organisational unit within the Sarajevo City Administration. The public, researchers, students, the academic community, media and all interested citizens will be able to search the entire ICTY’s electronic archive with the assistance of the Sarajevo City Administration’s expert personnel, using modern IT equipment.

What is more, from now on the visitors at the City Hall will be able to visit the permanent exhibition of the original courtroom of the ICTY. The courtroom which the Mechanism, as the legal successor of the ICTY, has donated to the City of Sarajevo, will also be used by law students during practical lessons.

The audience was addressed by Ivo Komšić, Chairman of the Mayor’s Council for the Information Centre, who said that the Centre should serve as a unique place in this part of Europe where academic research of war crimes will be done from the legal, historical, sociological, philosophical, politological and psychological aspects.

The ICTY was a pioneering institution and the first international criminal tribunal of the modern age, which showed that accountability for the tragic events and horrendous crimes committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia in the nineties is possible” stressed Gabrielle McIntyre in her address.

On this occasion, Mayor Skaka presented the recognitions for special contribution to the establishment of the Information Centre to the former mayors of Sarajevo Semiha Borovac and Ivo Komšić, former judge of the ICTY Fausto Pocar and the current President of the Mechanism for the International Criminal Tribunals judge Theodor Meron. The recognitions were also awarded to the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to BiH H.E. Amelia Achmad Yani, heads of Sarajevo municipalities Centar and Novi Grad: Nedžad Ajnadžić and Semir Efendić and president of the Unicredit Bank Administration Dalibor Ćubela.

The Information Centre opening ceremony, which was held simultaneously with the exhibition “The Siege of Sarajevo as Seen through the Rulings of the ICTY”, was attended by a high delegation of the Mechanism for the International Criminal Tribunals, the legal successor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), as well as the representatives of the executive, legal and judicial government in BiH, the international community, and the association of war crimes victims.





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.