The new city government, which Mostar got after 12 years, faces great responsibility and a huge amount of work in solving the problems that have accumulated over the years.
They face the huge task of restoring the complete image of the city on the Neretva, which has become recognized as a city filled with garbage, with many ruins, illegal construction, bad roads, and national division, Klix.ba writes.
The new councilors have said on several occasions that a consensus has been reached when it comes to the solving of accumulated problems and that it should be done as soon as possible in order for Mostar to move forward and be worthwhile for all citizens.
Among the main issues is solving the Uborak landfill, which the newly elected mayor, Mario Kordic, told reporters on Monday after taking the oath in the City Hall, and the resolution of this problem was chosen as the primary task during the election campaign by many councilors.
Besides all of that, the new Mostar councilors are facing a fight against crime in the field of utility services, which has been mentioned for years by the organization “Right to the City” (in Bosnian: ”Pravo na grad”) and which the prosecution is still investigating.
Among many problems, the new government will also have to face the return of the trust of international donors after Mostar received negative repercussions from the Swedish ambassador due to the million-dollar collector project, who did not get an insight into transparent spending of money, despite his request.
In addition to all the above, one of the burning problems is the Mostar Airport, which is among the worst in Europe despite the favorable natural environment, and even though it gets constant investment, it is not moving forward and is constantly on the verge of collapse.
There are also unfinished projects, among which is a sports hall that has been under construction for 30 years now.
All of the above is very much related to the economy and tourism, which have been at the bottom for a long time, and the fact that investors have no interest in investing due to mistrust, bad political, and economic situation.
Besides all these mentioned problems, which are only a part of the results of the dysfunctional government, apathy among the citizens who are dissatisfied with the work of the city administration should not be left out. They are now anxiously waiting for every move by the newly elected government in the hope that Mostar will move forward and become a comfortable place to live.