A commemoration for Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić was held at the Croatian National Theater today. Bandic's friends and associates described him, among other things, as a man of inexhaustible energy. Tomorrow, when a final farewell will be held at the Mirogoj cemetery, there will be a Day of Mourning in Zagreb.
Numerous representatives of political and social life, friends and colleagues came to the commemoration of Milan Bandić, the host of the program Dražen Siriščević quoted Milan Bandić who would say “According to my calculations I work 365 days without stopping.”
“Milan my friend, I will tell you, citizens of Zagreb will remember you with sadness, not only those who lived in your time and elected you, but also generations to come, because you left them Zagreb as a city in which it is beautiful and safe to live,” said Bandić’s friend of many years Ratko Maričić in his farewell.
The Prime Minister's envoy, Minister of Culture Nina Obuljen Koržinek, spoke about the cooperation between the Government and the City of Zagreb.
“Over the past year, following the destructive earthquake, our cooperation was additionally motivated by a desire to mutually assist citizens whose homes were damaged in the earthquake and with an interest to work together on an all-encompassing and long term reconstruction of the City of Zagreb,” said the Minister. .
Jelena Pavičić-Vukićević also said goodbye to Bandić. She will be the acting mayor until the end of his term.
“One of the greatest among us has left us, the mayor of Zagreb, whose name will be written into the history of our city with golden letters, next to the most respected fathers of our metropolis. With his talent and skill, his focus and manner of living politics, he became the greatest, following the founder of Croatia, Franjo Tuđman, which is even recognized by numerous people of differing political opinions,” said Pavičić-Vukičević.
Milan Bandić's funeral will be held at the Mirogoj cemetery tomorrow at 12 pm; due to epidemiological measures it will be limited to 25 people. There will also be a Day of Mourning in Zagreb, which will be marked by lowering flags to half-mast and displaying black flags on buildings in which bodies of city administration are located and which are owned or were founded by the city.
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