President of the Republic of Srpska Awarded “Personality of the Year in Memoriam Željko Kopanja Award” for 2018


The President of the Republic of Srpska Željka Cvijanović was awarded Saturday in Banja Luka the “Personality of the Year in Memoriam Željko Kopanja Award” for 2018 at the manifestation organised by Nezavisne Novine.

The Republic of Srpska President declared at the occasion that the award is recognition for the many activities she carried out as the head of the Republic of Srpska Government, including those by the end of 2018.

“This was a year of key importance and it showed that the Republic of Srpska has largely overcome the crisis, that she can develop, has a stable budget and can meet her obligations, as well as that certain problems that have been present for years are finally behind us,” President Cvijanović told the press in Banja Luka after receiving the award.

The Srpska President thanked Nezavisne Novine for the award as they recognised such activities, but also thanked social partners that helped achieving such resultst and the people who worked with her in the Government.

“It is hard work that means you spend long hours at it, work late. My closest associates, who worked with me for years, doing hard and responsible jobs, contributed a lot to me receiving this award, as did my family that gave their contribution to this difficult and challenging job, especially for a woman,” said the President of the Republic.

Srpska’s President thinks that the reward in a way corrects an injustice that she often feels. “As a public person, you get used to constantly be under attack, which is not always easy,” said President Cvijanović.

The President of the Republic also wished Nezavisne Novine a lot of success in the coming year, as she did to all media and citizens.

“I wish them a stable and peaceful Republic of Srpska. I am certain that she will be and that we will all be working for her to be stronger. This is, in a way, an incentive for us all to remain persistent in this intent,” stressed President Cvijanović.