The tram set off from the station in front of the European Court for Human Rights, and among the first passengers were the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mladen Ivanić, the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland, and the Mayor of Strasbourg Roland Ries.
In the first ride of the tram, which is to be decorated until the end of the B&H presidency, were also the members of the Delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of B&H to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the officials of the Council of Europe, the Ambassador of B&H to the Council of Europe Almir Šahović, the judge of the European Court for Human Rights from B&H Faris Vehabović, and numerous other guests.
After the tram ride, the presentation of the biggest džezva (coffee pot) in the world was planned to be held in front of the famous Cathedral in the center of Strasbourg, as well as the planting of two trees, olive tree and oak tree, at the nearby border between France and Germany.
As the Chairman of the Presidency Ivanić said, B&H can certainly take advantage of the opportunity given by the presidency of the Council of Europe for the presentation of its potentials.
‘’An important affirmation was the recent visit of the pope Francis as well, and hopefully it will also be the visit of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel’’, said Ivanić.
He says that a nice representation of the country is also the tram which is to drive through the streets of Strasbourg with the symbols of B&H during the presidency, as well as the specific event of presenting the large džezva in front of the cathedral.
‘’However, in principle, the main point is political stability and understanding. That will create a positive image, and these casual events will do so less’’, said Ivanić.