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Local Democracy Agency Zavidovići organized the visit of  the Ambassador of Austria in BiH to Zavidovici on Thursday April 11th 2013, within the project "European and Our Affairs", which is funded by the EU.

H.E. Donatus Köck arrived in Zavidovici in the afternoon, and upon arrival the reception was held in the office of Municipality Mayor, Suad Omerasevic. Representatives of the Municipality took this pleasant conversation as an opportunity to inform Ambassador about important facts related to Zavidovici, it's economic and social situation, and to express willingness to cooperate in every way.

Next there was the signing of the Memorandum of European partnership between the Municipality Zavidovići and European Movement in BiH, by which Zavidovići have become the 36th party to this Memorandum in BiH.
The most massive and the most interesting part of the event was the visit of entire delegation, which was, besides the Ambassador, composed by the Mayor Suad Omerasevic and Chairman of the Municipal Council Radoslav Petrovic, to the High school Rizah Odžečkić, where students have appropriately welcomed the Ambassador and organized representation of their school in German language, for which they were adequately prepared by their language teachers. Then H.E. Donatus Köck lectured the students on various aspects of accession to the EU and how it can be beneficial to them. Also in the session of questions and answers they discussed the possibilities of studying in Austria for students from BiH, which are huge thanks to friendly relations of the country towards students from BiH.

After meeting with the students, the delegation went to the grounds of IP „Krivaja“, where there are many buildings built in the Austro-Hungarian period. The Ambassador there visited the famous Villa of Zavidovici, now an office building for the management of „Krivaja“, and the museum which includes old machines originating from the time of birth of the town and the industry in this region.  This was also an opportunity to extensively discuss the future of industrial plants, many of which are now unused.

After "Krivaja", the whole delegation, headed by Ambassador, visited the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Zavidovici. To the Ambassador it was was interesting to see that the church, which was built in 1914 in neo-Gothic style, looks like many religious buildings constructed during this period in Austria.
After a pleasant conversation with Reverend Miro Beslic, followed a dinner at Kristal Hotel, which also marked the end of this short but rich and enjoyable visit.

However, after dinner, the Ambassador expressed his interest and briefly visited the park in the center of Zavidovici where the famous stone sphere is, while a tour of stone sphere discovery site, as well as Natural Monument Tajan, is left for the next visit.



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