The Delegation of the City of Sarajevo visited the Vatican

The Delegation of the City of Sarajevo headed by the Mayor Abdulah Skaka visited the Vatican, upon invitation by the Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina Mons Luigi Pezzuto.

Apart from the Mayor, the delegation consisted of the Chairman of the City Council Igor Gavrić, Deputy Mayors Ivica Šarić and Milan Trivić, and the former Mayor Ivo Komšić.

After the general audience, delegation members met with Pope Francis and thanked him for supporting the multiethnic way of life in Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Pope Francis replied by saying that that is the right way and the only way. He stressed that we are all brothers and that he is praying for us and asked us to pray for him too.

Pope Francis said that we should safeguard multiculturalism and religious coexistence in Sarajevo, for which the Bosnian and Herzegovinian capital was always famous.

Mayor Skaka is the first mayor of Sarajevo to visit the Pope in the Vatican.


Skaka and Wigemark discussed the ongoing city infrastructure projects



Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka had a meeting today with Ambassador H.E. Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina and EU special representative.

Mayor Skaka acquainted Ambassador Wigemark with the ongoing infrastructure projects, particularly the dynamics of works on the construction of the Trebević cable Car and adjoining facilities.  It was agreed that the City of Sarajevo should candidate its ideas and projects to be financed with the support of the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Stressing the importance and role of the Delegation of the European Union in Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Skaka expressed his conviction in the continuation and intensification of partner relations and future good cooperation between the City of Sarajevo and the Delegation of EU in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Skaka and Tarlos agreed on the hosting of Sarajevo Days in Budapest


Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka met with Istvan Tarlos, Mayor of Budapest, the city with which the Bosnian and Herzegovinian capital established sister city relations in 1995, at the sidelines of the Second 16+1 China and CEE Capital Mayors Summit in Podgorica. Mayors of the two cities discussed the need to intensify mutual ties.

Mayor Skaka invited his colleague from Budapest to visit Sarajevo, within the framework of marking of April 6th – the Day of the City of Sarajevo, and suggested that the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra gives a concert on May 9th, the Day of Europe and Day of Victory over Fascism in the Sarajevo City Hall, in order to present the culture of Budapest and Hungary in Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

During the meeting the two Mayors agreed to hold the event „Days of Sarajevo in Budapest“within the framework of which the economic, tourist and cultural potentials of the City of Sarajevo will be showcased.

The BiH Ambassador to Montenegro Đorđe Latinović also attended the meeting.


Skaka and the Mayor of Beijing: strengthening of economic cooperation particularly in the field of tourism



Mayors of Sarajevo and Beijing Abdulah Skaka and Chen Jining agreed to strengthen cooperation particularly in the field of tourism at the meeting held today in Podgorica.

During a cordial meeting between officials of the capital cities of China and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Mayor of Beijing Jining accepted the invitation to come for an official visit to Sarajevo.

Furthermore, they agreed on several activities for establishing stronger economic ties and better connectedness of the capital cities of Bosnia and Herzegovina and China.

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„We had a very fruitful meeting which will bring significant advances in the interest of the citizens of Sarajevo, and of the country as a whole. My colleague stressed that Sarajevo is exceptionally interesting for the citizens of Beijing in terms of tourism“said Skaka after the meeting.

The Mayor of Beijing invited Skaka to head a delegation of officials, representatives of tourist community and journalists on a visit to Beijing to give a tourist promotion of Sarajevo.

„I believe that this is a very good opportunity to present our city in the best possible light. Tourism is at the centre of this city administration’s activities and we will do everything to use this opportunity in the best way possible” said Mayor Skaka.

Furthermore, the Mayor of Beijing was invited to present the tourist offer of the Chinese capital Beijing in a similar way in Sarajevo.

Within  that framework, they discussed the establishment of direct flight Sarajevo – Beijing which would be a further boost, and for which the Chinese side showed particular interest. It was agreed to continue the consultations on these issues with the competent state institutions.

The meeting between Skaka and Jining was held at the sidelines of the Second Forum of Mayors of Central and East European Capitals and China held in Podgorica. The meeting was also attended by the Ambassador of BiH to Montenegro Đorđe Latinović.


Mayor Skaka held a presentation at the Second China CEEC Capital Mayors Forum held in Podgorica

Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka participated at the Second 16+1 China CEEC Capital Mayors Forum held in Podgorica.

The Forum was dedicated to the networking of 16 capital cities from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the People’s Republic of China in the field of economy, tourism, „green cities“, sustainable development and employment.

Mayor Skaka had a presentation on the topic „The Role of Local Self-Governance in Creating Business Climate“. Skaka stressed that the City of Sarajevo, in accordance with its competences, actively participates in creating favourable conditions for economic development, and contributes to the economic and social development of Bosnia and Herzegovina through the field of tourism, particularly the Sarajevo Business Forum and Sarajevo Film Festival and more recently through  reconstruction of the Trebević Cable Car

„This model of local community management, as seen from our example, has accelerated the community development, contributing most notably to the increase in employment of both regular and seasonal workers. Furthermore it led to the increase in investments in all economic branches, creation of better business climate and a continual rise in the number of tourists visiting Sarajevo“ said Mayor Skaka in his address.

During the Forum the Mayor of Sarajevo had meetings with the mayors of Beijing, Belgrade and Budapest with whom he had fruitful discussions about the possibility of establishing specific cooperation through the implementation of projects and activities of interest to their citizens.

City of Sarajevo Delegation paid an official visit to Prato


On the occassion of the marking of the 73rd anniversary of liberation of the city of Prato (Republic of  Italy), the Chairman of the Sarajevo City Council Igor Gavrić, MD, Deputy Mayor Ivica Šarić, Deputy Chairman Edina Gabela, city councillors Nuko Grebović, Miro Lazović and Srđan Srdić, and head of Municipality Novo Sarajevo Nedžad Koldžo paid an official visit to city of Prato.

The representatives of the City of Sarajevo, Igor Gavrić MD, Chairman of the City Council, Ivica Šarić, Deputy Chairman Edina Gabela, city councillors Nuko Grebović, Miro Lazović and Srđan Srdić, met with, among others, with the senator of the Republic of Italy Mr. Claudio Martini who served as Mayor of the City of Prato and governor of Toscana during the aggression on our country and gave a great contribution to establishing sister city relations between the city of Sarajevo and the city of Prato, as well as establishing official cooperation  with the Toscana region.  The sister city relations were preceded by substantial aid which this city provided to the citizens of Sarajevo during the siege 1992-1995.

During the meeting with the representatives of the City of Sarajevo, the Senator of Italy Mr. Claudio Martini expressed his readiness to provide support to the implementation of the project Museum of Contemporary Art Ars Aevi. Both sides expressed wishes for continuing the cooperation between sister cities Sarajevo and Prato .

The chairman of the City Council Igor Gavrić, MD stressed that the City of Sarajevo cherishes a sincere longlasting friendship with the city of Prato, which resulted in significant cooperation for the City of Sarajevo. “This visit will further strengthen the link between the two cities which will continue working in the implementation of joint projects” said Gavrić MD.


Mayor Skaka attended the event marking the national holiday of Brazil


Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka was a guest at the reception on the occasion of 129 years of independence of Brazil hosted by the Ambassador H.E. Manoel Gomes Pereira in Hotel „Europe“.


Mayor Skaka and Ambassador Pereira stressed the good relations between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Brazil. Mayor invited the Ambassador of Brazil to meet as soon as possible to discuss concrete cooperation.

City of Sarajevo officials received the Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran


Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka and the Chairman of the City Council Igor Gavrić, together with the Deputy Chairman of the City Council Edina Gabela received today members of the Commission for Councils and Internal Affairs of the Islamic Advisory Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who are in Bosnia and Herzegovina on a working visit.

„The great friendship between the peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina and IR Iran dates back a long time; we have supported each other and we understood each other especially in times of trouble. We must not forget the great contribution and assistance of the Islamic Republic of Iran during the aggression on Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is our desire to maintain and expand the existing relations between Sarajevo and its sister city Tehran“ said Mayor Skaka.

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Chairman Gavrić acquainted the delegation with the structure and financing of the City of Sarajevo, and the setup of the city especially in the field of town planning and utility infrastructure.

The City of Sarajevo sent a message of support to the citizens of Barcelona with the performance „Barcelona, Sarajevo is with you“


Young artists from Sarajevo have painted a large mural dedicated to our sister city Barcelona, which was last week struck by a terrorist attack, in the Mojmilo residential area in Sarajevo. The mural with painted salamander “Draco”, one of the most prominent symbols of Barcelona bears the inscription “Barcelona, Sarajevo está contigo” (“Barcelona, Sarajevo is with you”).

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The City of Sarajevo is the organizer of multimedia performance the goal of which is to show sincere support to the city whose citizens stood by the citizens of BiH capital in the most difficult time for our city.

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“I strongly condemn the brutal act committed in Barcelona. This is one more sign that we need to stand in unity in the fight against terrorism, to prevent evil from happening to anyone ever again”, said Mayor Skaka, expressing his deep sympathies to the families of murdered and wounded citizens and tourists in Barcelona”.

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The honorary president of “Royal Tennis Club Barcelona 1899” and honorary citizen of the City of Sarajevo Juan Maria Tintore said that today’s performance is one of the most beautiful ways to show compassion with the citizens of Barcelona. The people of Bosnia and Herzegovina and citizens of the capital city have always known how to show solidarity and I am honoured to carry the title of honorary citizen of the city of Sarajevo”, said Tintore.

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The ceremony on Barcelona square was also attended by H.E. Juan Bosco Gimenez Soriano, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Today’s multimedia performance consisted of the painting of a large mural on the facade of a building on Barcelona square, and a music program by a string quartet.

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Istanbul Culture Days in Sarajevo

The event Istanbul Culture Days opened in Sarajevo this evening, with the concert of Turkish singer Emel Sayin at Alija Izetbegovic Square, organized by sister cities Istanbul and Sarajevo.  On this occasion, Mayor of Istanbul, Kadir Topbaş, paid a one day visit to the capital of BiH.

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The arrival of this highly important guest from Turkey to Sarajevo confirms once again strong friendly relations and intense cooperation in various fields, from economy and development to culture, between the two cities which are marking 20 years of sister city relations this year.

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The program featuring artists from Istanbul will take place until August 28 at Alija Izetbegović Square, and it will include concerts by the Istanbul City Orchestra, performances of folk dancers from Turkey and concerts of famous Turkish singers Hakan Pekera, Ziynet Sali, Coşkun Karademir and Neşe Demir.

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The exhibition Istanbul Culture Days was officially opened today in Sarajevo City Hall, and it will be on display from August 25 to September 11.

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