“The European integration path coincides with BiH citizens’ needs, as they want changes and they want to get closer to Europe, and that is exactly what is happening”, said Jan Snaidauf, Head of Political and Economic Section at the EU Delegation to BiH, at the opening of the EU Info Point in Mostar on 20 September 2016. He reminded that the EU General Affairs Council on the same day invited the European Commission to submit an opinion on BiH’s membership application, thus marking an important step for BiH on the EU path.
“The EU Info Point in Mostar will ensure more contacts between citizens and the EU also through the organisation of events such as the one marking the European Mobility Week today in Mostar,” Snaidauf added.
Radmila Komadina, Chief Adviser to Mostar Mayor, emphasised the importance of providing relevant EU-related information to the citizens of Mostar.
“The newly opened office in Mostar will provide the citizens of Mostar and Herzegovina with important information about the EU, and I am very pleased to hear that their activities will also include field work with various organisations and institutions throughout Herzegovina”, Komadina stressed.
Apart from opening the EU Info Point, the EU Info Centre celebrated the European Mobility Week with the cycling tour around the city attended by around two hundred cyclists of all age.
Every year, from 16 to 22 September, citizens across Europe mark the European Mobility Week, which ends with the famous ‘Car-Free Day’. This year, citizens of more than 2,000 cities are taking part in various events dedicated to sustainable urban transport. In 2016, the campaign is focused on smart and sustainable mobility under the slogan ‘Smart mobility. Strong economy.’
On the occasion of the European Mobility Week, the EU Info Centre has launched a smartphone application ‘Smart Step’ to promote the reduction of carbon emission by walking instead of using polluting means of transportation, and awarded the most persistent walkers and cyclists in Mostar with sports’ gear prizes.