World Mayor 20/21

Bratislava Mayor Vallo
Matús Vallo, Mayor of Bratislava, Slovakia, since 2018
World Mayor Nominations 20/21
Matús Vallo, Mayor of Bratislava, Slovakia


The 20/21 World Mayor Prize and Commendations will be conferred on mayors who have been showing leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and who are now aiming to make their cities more resilient economically, structurally, socially and environmentally. In fact: Stronger | Fairer | Greener. The organisers of the World Mayor Project are looking for mayors who have shown exceptional leadership skills but also, and more importantly, acted at all times with compassion towards those most affected by Covid-19. The pandemic has shown how vulnerable even the richest cities are when confronted with a disaster like Covid-19. Forward-looking city leaders will now begin to re-think how their communities can be better protected against future threats, both natural and man-made.

Matús Vallo, Mayor of Bratislava, Slovakia, has been nominated for the 20/21 World Mayor Prize.

You may wish to support him further and comment on his achievements and plans for his city.
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Nominations for
Matús Vallo
Mayor of Bratislava (Slovakia)

Nominated by Roman M., outside Slovakia
Building the team that builds a better city - greener, quieter, more walkable and less dependent on cars - is what makes a great leader and mayor. That's what I observe Matús Vallo is doing in Bratislava. And by staying nimble, focused and dedicated, he set an example for other mayors to do the right thing.

Challenges: A city that invites people or all ages - be it 8 or 80 - to walk or take a bicycle while getting around is a city with a great quality of life. Because all other issues - prosperous retail, affordable housing, quality schools you name it - stem from this simple yet profound priority. Less car dependency, more vibrant city.


Nominated by FiFo, Bratislava:
Matús Vallo is the best mayor Bratislava has had in a few decades. He cares about the city and wants to move him with his team and the citizens of Bratislava to a better, more beautiful and modern place / city for life.

Challenges: Perhaps better support for residents and building managers to try to make a green strike during renovations. Faster construction and renewal of rail transport. Construction of parking lots at the entrance to the city. And introduce residential parking throughout the city.


Nominated by Sean O’C., outside Slovakia
It is with great pleasure that I submit the following nomination for Matús Vallo, Mayor of Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. Mayor Vallo is a multitalented person who was elected in 2018, but who in only two years has stacked up an impressive list of achievements and improvements for the benefit of his citizens. The below document provides details of all the measures and results related to resilience, fairness, social harmony, green transition, and opportunity. I believe therefore that he is a worthy candidate for the World Mayor Award.

BRATISLAVA DURING CORONA CRISIS
• Communication tools for citizens and employees during corona crisis
• Communication campaign aimed at citizens: “We can do it!” (official web site with information and recommendations regarding the novel Corona virus and COVID-19)
• Regular online video meetings with Mayor “Ask your Mayor” – set of questions and answers between Mayor and citizens
• Phone line for parents who stayed at home with children and for seniors
• Additional preparation works for the autumn second phase
• City issued intern “corona” manual for its employees on how to proceed
• Measures focused on homeless people
• Measures focused on seniors

FAIRER CITY
• City street work and outreach team (MTT). Established in December 2019 and active provider of services since March 2020. Team of 6 street workers focused on homeless people in public spaces and youth at risk during the night.
• Affordable housing – so called "housing first". In the first phase, 9 flats will be allocated to people staying in the city. The project also includes permanent social support (through regular visits) and focus on the client and his needs with an emphasis on maintaining housing. The number of flats is to be further increased based on experience gained and available resources.
• Corona Help – assistance in the current pandemic situation. Coordination of all organizations dedicated to helping homeless people. Distribution of protective equipment, food aid and hygienic equipment by city social workers and city police directly on the streets. Provision of sanitary stations in selected locations in the city during the first wave of pandemic.
• Food Bank – The City is currently working to build a system of cooperation with supermarket chains, which will donate food and groceries. These food resources will be stored in the city´s warehouse and subsequently distributed to organizations helping seniors, homeless people or socially disadvantaged people.
· Safety in the city - Projects to increase safety in exposed localities.

GREENER CITY
• 10, 000 trees initiative
Bratislava is working on a plan for systematic renewal and sustainability of plants and trees as a part of the 10, 000 trees initiative. Since 2019, the City has planted 1, 016 trees, 271 trees have been replaced by new ones and additional 745 trees have been planted. As part of the initiative, there is a map that contains implemented and planned planting. Companies, institutions, communities or individuals are welcomed to participate in this initiative.
• Bratislava has become a part of a global initiative called Climathon. Its aim is to raise awareness of the climate crisis and to encourage the active involvement of residents in tackling it.
• Bees on the rooftop of the Municipality building.
We all know the important role that bees play on the planet. If there are no bees, we will also disappear. They maintain the ecological balance and also play an important role by improving the state of greenery in the cities. To have the city bees and to produce city honey was a challenge. That is why we entered into cooperation with the founders of the project “Uletená včela”, who asked us a year ago, if they could have bees on the roof of the municipality building. Before the summer, we have placed there two beehives with 120,000 bees, which have not disappointed us and produce tens of kilograms of healthy honey, half of which remains for the city itself.

STRONGER CITY
Activities towards EU institutions, European cities cooperation · Pact of Free Cities
• Initiative of the V4 Capitals, its founding cities are Bratislava, Budapest, Prague and Warsaw. Officially signed by V4 Capitals Mayors on 16 December 2019 in Budapest. Although the Pact was initiated by the V4 Capitals, it is open to join for other cities with the same values.

Main areas of cooperation currently include:
• EU lobbying for direct funding of cities
• Green agenda
• Promotion and presentation of Pact as a political statement of cities in favour of liberal democracy

The above text is an abridged and edited version of Sean's nomination document. The full text is available on request.


Nominated by SR, Bratislava:
Matus Vallo is doing a good job in improving our city reason why he should be awarded these recognitions


Nominated by Roman, outside Slovakia:
Building the team that builds a better city - greener, quieter, more walkable and less dependent on cars - is what makes a great leader and mayor. That's what I observe Matús Vallo is doing in Bratislava. And by staying nimble, focused and dedicated, he set an example for other mayors to do the right thing.

Challenges: A city that invites people or all ages - be it 8 or 80 - to walk or take a bicycle while getting around is a city with a great quality of life. Because all other issues - prosperous retail, affordable housing, quality schools you name it - stem from this simple yet profound priority. Less car dependence, more vibrant city.