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Bratislava Mayor Milan Ftacnik - CCWA

Bratislava Mayor Milan Ftacnik and
U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia Theodore Sedgwick
Cleveland Council on World Affairs
June 14, 2012

The Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA) hosted a lecture on June 14, 2012 introducing the U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia, Theodore Sedgwick and Mayor Milan Ftácnik of Cleveland's sister city Bratislava, Slovakia to local Slovaks and other interested parties.

Bratislava is similar to Cleveland in many ways. It has 450,000 residents and shares many cultural and traditional ideas. Cleveland is home to the second largest Slovak community in the world, outside of Slovakia and Pittsburgh and nearly 100,000 Northeast Ohioans can trace their roots back there.

Both the Ambassador and the Mayor spoke of their desire to revitalize the sister city program between the two cities with an emphasis on sharing problem solutions, travel and culture.

Here are some highlights from the event.

CCWA's Rich Crepage

CCWA's Rich Crepage


Dr. Wael Khoury

Dr. Wael Khoury


Dr. Wael Khoury introduced US Ambassador to Slovakia Theodore Sedgwick and Bratislava Mayor Milan Ftacnik


US Ambassador to Slovakia Theodore Sedgwick spoke about the historical relationship between Cleveland and Bratislava including the Cleveland Agreement of 1915. Did you know that at one time Bratislava was called Wilson City in honor of US President Woodrow Wilson?

S Ambassador to Slovakia Theodore Sedgwick

US Ambassador to Slovakia Theodore Sedgwick




S Ambassador to Slovakia Theodore Sedgwick

Ambassador Sedgwick also covered some of the highlights of the relationship between the US and Slovakia



Next, Bratislava Mayor Milan Ftacnik spoke about Slovakia's autonomy and independence and relationship with Czech Republic.

Bratislava Mayor Milan Ftacnik

Bratislava Mayor Milan Ftacnik





Mayor Ftacnik said that the Heart of Europe is in Slovakia.

Bratislava Mayor Milan Ftacnik





Mayor Ftacnik said the main challenges for Slovakia is working towards open government and establishing confidence in the leaders.

Bratislava Mayor Milan Ftacnik





The Mayor said that the 2nd main challenge for Slovakia is transportation. Bratislava has 520 cars for each 1000 citizens.




Mayor Ftacnik said that the 3rd main challenge for Slovakia is Quality of Life. Bratislava is only 60km from Vienna which has a high quality of life.

 Bratislava Mayor Milan Ftacnik




Listening to the Mayor

Listening to the Mayor


He then spoke about the Cleveland and Bratislava Sister City relationship.




There are 3 main areas that Mayor Ftacnik wants to work on with Cleveland: Culture, Tourism and Business.



CCWA's Dr. Wael Khoury and Mayor Milan Ftacnik

CCWA's Dr. Wael Khoury and Mayor Milan Ftacnik

After the speeches, the Mayor and Ambassador took questions from the audience. The first question was about learning English in Slovakia.

He was then asked about preserving the Slovak language in Slovakia and the US and other places.




Ambassador Sedgwick and Mayor Ftacnik

Ambassador Sedgwick and Mayor Ftacnik

There was a question about the major industries in Slovakia and the Mayor discussed the IT and tech industires as well as cars and others.

When asked about the predominance of US culture (Hollywood, etc) the Mayor said that the richness of Europe is its culture and it needs to be preserved.

Enjoy these other images from the CCWA event with the Mayor and Ambassador.

Mayor Milan Ftacnik and George Terbrack

Mayor Milan Ftacnik and George Terbrack


Dr. Wael Khoury, William Northrup and Rich Crepage

Dr. Wael Khoury, William Northrup and Rich Crepage


Doug Sebring

Doug Sebring


Patricia Allen, Joseph Horvak, Andrea and Andrew Hudacko

Patricia Allen, Joseph Horvak, Andrea and Andrew Hudacko


Rusin Americans Laurel Tombazzi and Edward and Elaine Miller

Rusyn-Americans Laurel Tombazzi
and Edward and Elaine Miller


Rich Crepage, Ambassador Sedgwick, Mayor Ftacnik and Dr Wael Khoury

Rich Crepage, Ambassador Sedgwick,
Mayor Ftacnik and Dr Wael Khoury


George Terbrack and Mary Jo Kreshak

George Terbrack and Mary Jo Kreshak


Eileen and Joseph Olsavsky, Juliet and Joseph Stipkala, Chris Sedlock and Denise Ivan-Antus

Eileen and Joseph Olsavsky, Juliet and Joseph Stipkala,
Chris Sedlock and Denise Ivan-Antus


Roman Federko

Roman Federko


Mayor Milan Ftacnik and Rich Crepage

Mayor Milan Ftacnik and Rich Crepage



General Milan R. Stefanik Statue Visit
Bratislava Mayor Milan Ftacnik and U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia Theodore Sedgwick

Slovak Cultural Garden Tour and Tree Planting
Bratislava Mayor Milan Ftacnik and U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia Theodore Sedgwick


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