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Mayor Bakić was handed the “key to the Balkans” in Morahalom

In addition to Mayor Bakić, the ceremony was attended by Deputy Mayor Imre Kern, President of the City Assembly Balint Pastor, Assistant Mayors Zagorka Panić, Vesna Bosančić and Žužana Magoši, City Council members Milanka Kostić, Hajnalka Bognar Pastor, Čila Goli, and then Mayor Marija Ušumović Davčik and her deputy Agota Balint, as well as the head of the Mayor’s Office Sava Stambolić and the head of the Service for Assembly Assemblies Viktorija Bogar.

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Apart from the Subotica delegation, the ceremony was also attended by high guests – Pal Nemesi, Commissioner of the Government of Hungary, Aleksandar Farkas, Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Budapest, Simo Salapura, Mayor of Zrenjanin, Gabriela Masleša, Advisor in the Sector for International Cooperation, European Integration and Projects The Ministry of Culture and Information of Serbia, as well as the host, Zoltan Nogardi, the mayor of Morahalom.

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The symbolic key was first handed over to a local self-government during the founding of the Serbian Cultural Center “Kolo” in Morahalom in 2019, when it was taken over by the City of Zrenjanin, which returned it to its host at today’s ceremony, to be immediately handed over to the City of Subotica.

By awarding this kind of recognition, the city of Morahalom enables its holder to present his cultural heritage, organize ceremonies, business and cultural meetings in SKC “Kolo” for the next year, all with the aim of strengthening cross-border cooperation between Serbia and Hungary.

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The award ceremony in the ceremonial hall of the cultural center was preceded by a morning prayer, which was presided over by the proto-deacon Dalibor Milenković, the parish priest of Szeged, in the chapel “Živonosni istočnik”, which is located within the center, and greeted the gathered and wished good cooperation to Subotica and Morahalomu.

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After the chamber orchestra of the Subotica Philharmonic sang the anthems of Serbia and Hungary, a ceremonial program followed. Receiving the key from the host, Mayor Bakić greeted everyone present and reminded that the City of Morahalom intended “the key to the Balkans” for Subotica in 2020, but that the very essence of the recognition, a one-year cultural exchange, could not be achieved due to the corona virus pandemic.

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Having in mind the successes of Serbia and Hungary in curbing the pandemic, the mayor expressed his belief that, by July 2022, many quality Subotica contents will be realized in Morahalom.

– Although Subotica is so close to Morahalom, it really is the “Balkan Gate” for the citizens of the Republic of Hungary. Our urban life, rich in diversity, creates 26 nations. Subotica is a unique blend of Slavic and Hungarian culture, which has shaped it for centuries, along with Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant and Jewish religious heritage. Our city is also Serbia in a nutshell, where guests from Hungary will be able to feel a hint of everything they can discover about it when they continue further south – Mayor Bakić pointed out.

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He then emphasized the role of the state leadership of Serbia and Hungary in strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries:

– The best relations between our two countries, as well as the Serbian and Hungarian people, for which the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, and the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, are especially deserving, are bearing precisely these fruits of cooperation. The Hungarian cultural center in Palić and the Serbian one in Morahalom are bridges that will enable additional rapprochement and better acquaintance. When large infrastructure connection projects are added to that, such as the high-speed railway connection between Belgrade and Budapest or Subotica and Szeged, we can say that the potential for additional joint activities is huge. There are no borders for the progress of economic, tourist and cultural exchange between Serbia and Hungary – Bakic said.

The mayor further pointed out that a lot can be learned from the hardworking, dedicated and creative residents of the small but proud Morahalom, and that the quality of life and organization of tourism in this place are really of the highest standards, as well as the hospitality of the hosts.

– Apart from the sandstone, which connects us geographically, Subotica and Morahal are also connected by the same values? to preserve and celebrate the authentic traditions of these areas, with dynamic development and openness to all that can improve and empower our urban and rural communities. On behalf of all the citizens of Subotica, I thank you for the recognition you have given us and the opportunities it opens up. Thank you for this cordial reception and the opportunity to get to know each other and discuss future even better and more meaningful cooperation – concluded Mayor Stevan Bakić.

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At the festive lunch, which was organized after the artistic program performed by the chamber orchestra of the Subotica Philharmonic, Mayors Bakić and Nogradi had an extremely constructive and cordial conversation, in which the great readiness for mutual cooperation was emphasized. On the observation of Mayor Nogradi that Morahalom is the “little brother” of Subotica in bilateral relations between Serbia and Hungary, Mayor Bakic emphasized the full equality of the two cities and stressed that Subotica’s local self-government will do everything to be worthy of the symbolic key given to it and the cooperation it opens. expressing hope that, in the next year, the two cities will become even closer and contribute to the best relations between Serbia and Hungary. The two mayors exchanged invitations to visit Morahal, ie Subotica, emphasizing that they will be cordial hosts to each other.

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The mayor of Zrenjanin, Simo Salapura, in his speech referred to the year of cooperation of this Banat city with Morahalom. He also spoke about the best relations between the two countries, the role of President Vučić and development infrastructure projects in Zrenjanin, especially the Belgrade-Zrenjanin-Novi Sad highway, which will best connect this city with the north of the country and our Hungarian friends. He wished Subotica a happy and fruitful cooperation with Morahalom, within the “Gate of the Balkans” project.

The representative of the Hungarian government, Mr. Nemesi, in his address singled out Morahal as an example of good practice of maximum use of the state border as a comparative advantage in development, stating that the Hungarian government will continue with projects for development of its southern region and its cooperation with Serbia. demography.

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The Mayor of Morahalom, Zoltan Nogradi, expressed his gratitude to the Ambassador of Serbia, Mr. Todorov, and his associates for monitoring and supporting the construction and opening of SKC “Kolo”. He also thanked the Serbian self-government in Hungary, which is one of the bridges of cooperation. He pointed out that, although we pray and sing differently in different languages, together we take care of this area where we live together. He emphasized the successes in the construction of new border crossings, cultural institutions and other projects that will connect the border regions, in preparation for the time when there will be no more borders in this area, and which we will welcome ready in the best relations. He cordially greeted the mayor of Subotica and handed him the “key to the Balkans”.

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