Mayor of Sarajevo received today the Ambassador of PR China for a farewell visit

Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka received today the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China H.E. Chen Bo for a farewell visit, thanking her for the exceptional efforts she had invested in promoting Sarajevo during her mandate in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Mayor particularly stressed the engagement of Ambassador Bo in lifting visa requirements for the citizens of the two countries which came into effect in May this year, resulting in the rise of the number of Chinese tourists visiting Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina. 40.000 arrivals of Chinese tourists were recorded in Sarajevo in the first nine months of this year, which is more than the total number of arrivals recorded in the previous year.

The economic relations between China and Bosnia and Herzegovina were considerably strengthened through the mechanism 16+1, within which the City of Sarajevo established links with Beijing and intensified the relations with his sister city Tianjin in the field of economy, culture, education, with special emphasis on tourism, which can serve as an important engine for the partnership between Sarajevo and Chinese cities” said Mayor Skaka.

The Ambassador said that she will support the idea of Sarajevo hosting the Summit of Mayors of Capital Cities of China and CEEC in 2020.

Ambassador Bo emphasized the support of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to the hosting of the Winter Sports Festival for University Students from the 16+1 countries and China to be held in Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, the aim of which is to promote winter tourism.

I enjoyed working in Bosnia and Herzegovina, particularly its capital city – Sarajevo during my mandate. I am convinced that we have enriched and expanded our relations particularly since you assumed the office of the Mayor”, said Ambassador Bo.

A step towards the beginning of construction of the Ars Aevi Museum

At the proposal of the Mayor of Sarajevo, Sarajevo City Council passed the decision enabling the beginning of the construction of the Ars Aevi Museum of Contemporary Art.
The city councillors adopted the proposal by the Mayor Abdulah Skaka to lift the ban on construction on the land where the Museum will be built, whereby the City of Sarajevo has made a significant step forward in the implementation of one of the most important cultural projects in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“This Administration has revived the almost defunct project of the construction of the Ars Aevi Musuem. I believe that the Museum will be built by the end of the mandate of this Administration and make the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina proud” said Mayor Skaka.

JU Museum of Contemporary Art Sarajevo has addressed a request to the Mayor of the City of Sarajevo to change the Decision on Development of Regulation Plan “Kvadrant C- Marijin Dvor” in order to lift the ban on construction on the lots 3362/2, 3361/4, 3369/11 and 3369/14 Novo Sarajevo I (new survey) with the aim of building the Museum of Contemporary Art Ars Aevi.

Development Planning Agency of Sarajevo Canton, as leader of development of this planning document, have issued a decision giving consent to add an amendment to the Article 11 whereby the land in question is exempted from the ban on construction
for the purpose of building the Museum.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Ars Aevi was founded in 1992 during wartime. A group of enthusiasts headed by Enver Hadžiomerspahić invited world renown artists to donate their works, as a token of solidarity with besieged Sarajevo, and in that way create a collection of the future Museum of Contemporary Arts in Sarajevo.

The unique Ars Aevi collection, consisting of 150 works donated by some of the most well known local and international artists, arrived in Sarajevo in 1999.

Today this collection is considered as one of the most important collections of contemporary arts in South East Europe. A part of the collection is exhibited in the depot of the Ars Aevi Museum in the Youth House, where the collection will be kept until the Museum building at Wilson’s Lane is completed.

The design of the Museum was made by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, who made the design and donated funds for development of the pedestrian bridge over Miljacka in the vicinity of the future Ars Aevi Museum.

For the past few years the Ars Aevi Museum in Sarajevo has held numerous exhibitions of acclaimed artists who have donated their works to the Museum, such as Michaelangelo Pistolleto, Joseph Kosuth, Joseph Beuys, Bizhan Bassiri, Maja Bajević, Jusuf Hadžifejzović, Jannis Kounellis.

Multi-member delegation of the City of Istanbul paid a visit to Sarajevo

Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka and his associates received the delegation of the City of Istanbul headed by Advisor to Mayor Hüseyin Eren and member of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipal Assembly Kağan Şahin today.

The meeting was also attended by Omer Faruk Alimci, director of the Regional Office of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).

They discussed specific support and exchange of positive experiences between Sarajevo and its sister city Istanbul, especially when it comes to water supply, traffic, air pollution and ways of repairing, rehabilitating and protecting cultural-historic heritage.

“It is always a pleasure to welcome and talk to our friends from Istanbul. City administrations of our two cities have a very fruitful cooperation. This is an opportunity to agree on the future joint initiatives and specific projects that would contribute to the development of new and improve the existing relations” said Skaka.

Mr. Eren expressed his pleasure with the meeting in Sarajevo and said that there is an interest for establishing even stronger connections between Sarajevo and Istanbul.

Wigemark: Information Centre on the ICTY Sarajevo is important for the entire country

Head of EU Delegation to BiH and EU Special Representative to BiH Ambassador Lars Gunnar Wigemark visited today the Sarajevo Information Centre on the ICTY.

He was welcomed at the Centre, which was founded by the City of Sarajevo, by the Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka.

President of the Mayor’s Council for the Information Centre, Ivo Komšić presented the purpose of foundation, structure, plan of activities and future projects of the Centre which has been operating as part of the City of Sarajevo since May 23 this year.

Ambassador Wigemark said that the foundation of the Centre is an important initiative that will contribute to preservation of the truth about what happened in BiH, and that its existence is therefore important for the whole country.

Wigemark said that the institutions of the European Union as well as the EU member states are continually providing support to the efforts of BiH institutions to establish the rule of law and further develop the judiciary. In that regard, the ambassador expressed his pleasure with the fact that one of the mandates of the Centre is cooperation with legal institutions, individuals and civil society in BiH.

After the meeting ended, Ambassador Wigemark had a tour of the premises of the ICS at the City Hall, including the original courtroom of the ICTY, and wrote in the book of impressions that the truth is necessary for reconciliation and future of BiH.

Great number of visitors at the stand of the City of Sarajevo at the Diplomatic Bazaar

The Diplomatic Winter Bazaar was opened today at the Mirza Delibašić sports hall KSC Skenderija, where over 70 exhibitors presented their enticing exotic food and beverage, products and handcrafts to the visitors.

The revenues from the sales are intended as aid for children and youth across Bosnia and Herzegovina.

During the opening of the Diplomatic Winter Bazaar, Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka, stressed that all diplomatic corps in Sarajevo, all the wonderful ladies, spouses of ambassadors participating in the humane initiative “Diplomatic Winter Bazaar” have shown desire and willingness for the bazaar to continue and become a tradition in our community.

The spouse of the Mayor Majda Skaka, has participated both last year and this year. The stand of the City of Sarajevo featured traditional delicacies, and the visitors had a chance to enjoy coffee and postcards of old Sarajevo.

Sarajevo received support for organisation of Formula E race in 2020

The City of Sarajevo received the support from the Formula E top team and the best driver in the world in its candidature for the host of Formula E race in 2020.

Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka, Jean Eric Vergne, driver of Techeetah team, Edmund Chu, team manager and Samir Cerić, manager of Sarajevo Sports International spoke at the Press Conference held in the entrance hall of the Alta Shopping Centre. Techeetah DS E-Tense FE 19 racing car which was brought from Paris for this occasion was presented to the audience.

The hosting of this race would be much more than a sport spectacle for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

It would promote economic and touristic potentials of Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina, attract new investors, and improve economic development of the whole region.
Mayor Skaka stressed that the candidature and hosting of Formula E race, as well as the preparations for the race present a great challenge, adding that that challenge will place Sarajevo next to Paris, Berlin, Hong Kong, Zurich and New York.

„For us, work on this project is an investment that would bring multiple benefits to the citizens. Formula E would promote the BiH capital, and have a great economic, sports and symbolic significance. The City of Sarajevo deserves this kind of spectacle. We have been taking concrete steps for several months with our partners to make the hosting of this race possible. The promotion of Formula E racing car and visit of our friends proves that we are going in the right direction “ said Mayor Skaka emphasizing that the local companies have shown good will and desire to participate in this project.

„From everything that I have heard and seen, Sarajevo has a potential for great business projects and we are very interested in investing into sports and technological sector. If we take into consideration how Formula E championship transformed metropolises such as New York, Hong Kong, Paris and other cities, it becomes clear what this unique platform would mean for putting Sarajevo on the global map„ said Edmund Chu, President of Techeetah team.

Jean-Eric Vergne, present Formula E champion, expressed his delight with the capital city of our country, noting that he believes that the streets of Sarajevo and the racing car would be a great match and that he would be very pleased if the streets of our capital city became one of his challenges.

Samir Cerić, CEO of Sarajevo Sports International, presented this idea and vision for Sarajevo with great confidence, in view of his present business successes and contacts, and the potential of our country and our young people. The fact that the representatives of this world competition, including the present Formula E world champion, have arrived in Sarajevo on his invitation, instil confidence in the successful implementation of this idea.


Mayors Skaka and Franković agreed on the establishment of tourist information points in Sarajevo and Dubrovnik

During the presentation “Sarajevo- the New Year’s Centre of the Region” held in Dubrovnik today, the Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka met with his colleague Mato Franković, the Mayor of Dubrovnik.

They discussed the present successful cooperation between the friendly cities of Sarajevo and Dubrovnik and the opportunities and areas in which it can be improved.

They endorsed a joint vision of cooperation through tourist promotion of destinations in both cities. In that regard, they agreed on the establishment of information tourist points on Sarajevo in Dubrovnik and vice versa, which would open up the possibility to obtain all information about the two cities and their tourist offers in one place. In that way, we will bring our natural beauty, customs, tourist potentials, cultural events, cultural-historic sites and gastronomy closer to our citizens.

Mayor Skaka made a promise to his colleague Franković that he will support the initiative to share a part of the atmosphere of the Sarajevo Film Festival with Dubrovnik.

This was the first official visit of Mayor Skaka to Dubrovnik.

The two cities have cherished and developed friendly ties for many years and signed a Charter on Mutual Cooperation in 2007.

Judge Meron held a lecture “Mechanism as a New Model of the International Criminal Tribunal” at the City Hall

Judge Meron, the President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals held a lecture on the topic “The Mechanism as the New Model of the International Criminal Tribunal” before an audience consisting of the representatives of government, legislature, expert and academic community, international organisations and associations.

On behalf of the host, the City of Sarajevo, which, as of 23 May this year, also houses the Sarajevo Information Centre on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the audience was addressed by the Mayor Abdulah Skaka who pointed out that “We have started the project of opening of the Sarajevo Information Centre (ICS) with great enthusiasm, moral commitment and will to preserve and make accessible the legacy of the ICTY to researchers, the academic community, students, the general public and all the visitors of the Centre”. He added that the City of Sarajevo wanted to make a visible contribution to facing the past, peace and reconciliation through the establishment of the ICS.

For less than half a year from its opening, the Centre has organized over 200 lectures for local and foreign students, and its work has been recognized by diplomatic missions to BiH.

In his address, Judge Meron thanked Mayor Skaka and, Ivo Komšić, the President of the Mayor’s Council for the Information Centre on the ICTY, for the establishment of this institution.

“The goal is to help preserve and disseminate the legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal, to create a space, here at the centre of the communities which were most affected by its work, where students and professors, parents and children, as well as future generations can learn about the work of this pioneering International tribunal, and in a broader sense, study and think about the lessons from the past and consider for the sake of the future, what justice and calling for responsibility mean to us as individuals and members of local, national and global communities” said Judge Meron in his address and presented the Mayor wit a symbolic gift – a gavel which was previously used at the ICTY.


Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka and the Ambassador of the United States of America to BiH paid a visit to the ICS: Ambassador Cormack commended the City of Sarajevo

Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka and the Ambassador of the United States of America to BiH Maureen E. Cormack met today at the City Hall and had a tour of the Information Centre on the International Criminal Tribunal for he Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

This Centre provides the public with a direct and safe access to all the publicly available documents and archives of the ICTY. The Centre gathers and engages with students, civil society, journalists and representatives of the legislature actively involved in the issues of justice and reconciliation through exhibitions and interactive programmes.

The US Embassy in BiH commended the City of Sarajevo and the Information Centre for their commitment to lasting justice and peace in the region.

The management of “ZOI ‘84” and “Skenderija” welcomed the heads of missions of countries participating in EYOF 2019

On the third day of the Head of Missions’ Summit, there was a tour of the venues where young athletes will compete during EYOF 2019, which will be hosted by Sarajevo and East Sarajevo.

Accompanied by the management of KJP “ZOI ‘84” and KJP “Skednerija”, representatives of countries participating in EYOF 2019 were give a tour of the Olympic Mountains Igman and Bjelašnica where competitions in cross country, snowboard and team parallel downhill will be held. They also visited the sports halls “Juan Antonio Samaranch”/ Zetra and “Senderija” where competitions in ice hockey and speed skating will be held respectively.

Heads of missions toured the Olympic village, where they were shown the accommodation facilities, the main operational centre and the venue where award presentation ceremony will be held.

Heads of missions toured the Olympic village, where they were shown the accommodation facilities, the main operational centre and the venue where award presentation ceremony will be held.

The EYOF 2019 Organising Committee has 86 days left until the biggest sports event in Bosnia and Herzegovina.