The ALDE CoR Vice-President and Mayor of Trbovlje, Slovenia, Jasna Gabrič, has been awarded the title of Mayor of Distinction in the 2018 World Mayor Prize. She was the only member of the European Committee of the Regions to make the list.
As the youngest female Mayor of her country, she is also one of the most hard-working Mayors around and has successfully improved the lives of her citizens by reducing unemployment and building a multicultural community which has led to a drastic transformation of the whole city.
Reacting to the award, Gabrič said: “I’m proud that together with my team we achieved so much, and that our work in Trbovlje is recognised all over the world. It is amazing and a good confirmation of what we do on a daily basis for our citizens. I think the World Mayor Organisation sees us as a good example because of the projects we run in our city, which are different, modern and truly unique in our local environment. Our city is finally getting out of the assumptions of being an old, rusty, industrial and mining city.”
Previous winners of this prestigious award include ALDE CoR President and Mayor of Mechelen, Bart Somers, who received the recognition in 2016 for his outstanding achievements in welcoming and integration refugees and immigrants.
You can access testimonials on Gabrič on the World Mayor website.