Twin Towns

Legal Framework

Article 15 of the Law on Local and Regional Self-Government stipulates that: the Decision on Establishing Mutual Cooperation, that is, the conclusion of agreements (contracts, charters, memorandums, etc) on cooperation between towns and counties with local and regional units of other countries and the content and forms of cooperation is passed on by the representative local self-government body, in accordance with its general acts and this Law. The corresponding provision is also contained in Article 31 and in connection with Article 11 of the Statute of the Town of Sveta Nedelja.

Town of Bakar

Bakar is one of the oldest towns on the northern Adriatic with a long and rich history. Bakar stretches from the Bakar Bay to the top of Risnjak, covering about 12,560 hectares. It includes the following 9 residential areas: Bakar, Hreljin, Krasica, Kukuljanovo, Plosna, Ponikve, Praputnjak, Škrljevo and Zlobin. Bakar, an ancient town and port, is the place where the Mediterranean Sea penetrates deepest into the European mainland. It is situated like a pearl in the arms of a deep bay (4.5 km long, 600-700m wide, up to 40 m deep). It was built amphitheatrically on a hill, and its historic core was registered as a cultural monument in 1968. It is very important to mention that representatives of the town of Bakar were co-signatories of the famous Vinodol Code of 1288, in which the current name of the city was mentioned for the first time. Its rich historical heritage has left behind a significant cultural heritage, which is reflected in the Bakar Castle, the Castle of Hreljin, the Church of St. Andrew in Bakar (third in size in Croatia), Roman and Turkish dwellings, the Bakar drystone walls and many other cultural and historical sights and features).

Town of Slatina

Located in Virovitica-Podravina County, Slatina has a rich past. The many archaeological finds recorded in Nova Bukovica, Voćin, Čađavci, Sladojevci, Macute and Slatina indicate that this area has been inhabited since ancient times. Those finds date back to prehistoric and Roman times and were found in Slatina, and indicate that the Slatina region was already inhabited then. There are several prehistoric settlements near Macute, as well as cemeteries with urns in the vicinity of Nova Bukovica near Slatina. Slatina itself is bordered in the north by the Drava River and on the south by the ridges of Papuk. Slatina’s development is partly due to the wealthy Pejačević family from Našice, during whose time residential and commercial buildings and a park with exotic trees were built in the centre of the town. Slatina is the central settlement in the region. By a special law of the Parliament of the Republic of Croatia, Slatina was granted the status of a town in 1992. After this significant event, Slatina began to awaken through various cultural, entertainment, religious and other events. Slatina has also produced many notable people, such as: Matija Slatinski, Rudolf Kolibaš, Milko Kelemen, Mirko Jirsak, Milan Balenović, Viktor Žmegač, Ana Bognar, Zdravko Šljivac, and Viktor Liebl.

Today, Slatina despite its turbulent history has achieved great results in terms of development. Thus, it focused its development with continuous care for preservation of environment, although it has not forgotten other branches, and therefore it can be said that today, Slatina is an economic, educational, cultural and tourist centre.

Municipality of Škofljica

The municipality of Škofljica is located in the central part of the Republic of Slovenia and it covers an area of 43.3 m2. It includes the southeastern part of Ljubljana with the wetland area Želimlje Valley, and a hilly part that stretches from Orel and Molnika all the way to the top of St. Ahac. Škofljica is one of the smaller municipalities and has 10,618 inhabitants.

Škofljica is an extremely busy area, since automobile and freight) traffic, railway traffic and many other services and activities intersect in the center. Geographically, the municipality of Škofljica is mostly flat and swampy with a slightly undulating and hilly hinterland.

Agriculture is less developed, since a large part of agricultural land is located in the Ljubljana wetland. The remaining part is at a high altitude. Most people are employed in Ljubljana or in the immediate vicinity, but with the opening of a business and trade zone, the municipality of Škofljica is growing into a real small business hub.

Town of Gostivar

Gostivar is a town in the Republic of Northern Macedonia in the Polog Valley with an approximate population of 35,000. It is the seat of the eponymous Municipality of Gostivar, which has 81,042 inhabitants. Macedonian, Albanian and Turkish are used as official languages. This town was once a crafts and trade town, and today, there are large factories, such as Refractory Materials Factory, Textile Factory and Meat Industry Gorni Polog.

Gostivar lies on the slopes of the Sharr Mountains in the southern, higher part of the Polog Valley (Gorni polog). Next to Gostivar, is the village of Vrutok, the source of the Vardar River, at an altitude of 683 meters. The Vardar flows through Gostivar, dividing it in half. About 26 kilometers from Gostivar is the Mavrovo National Park on Bistra Mountain, which includes one of the best ski resorts in Macedonia, Zare Lazarevski. Since Gostivar lies on the slopes of the Sharr Mountains massif, it is the starting point for the mountaineers and excursions to the nearby mountains Korab (2,764 m) and Bistra (2,163 m).

After acceptance of the letter of intent on cooperation and friendship between the two towns, a twin city charter was signed between the town of Sveta Nedelja and the town of Gostivar at a formal session of the own Council of Sveta Nedelja in June 2018, which will establish mutual cooperation in the fields of economy, entrepreneurship, education, culture and sports.

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