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Comments in support of
Walter Velltroni
Mayor of Rome (Italy)

The top 10 mayors in World Mayor 2005 were selected equally on the number of votes received and the quality and conviction of supporting statements. Below we publish an edited selection of comments received in support of Walter Veltroni - Mayor of Rome (Italy).

Comment: Walter Veltroni’s leadership has made the Eternal City of Rome more accessible. It has become a home for the people of the world, of various races, creeds, tongues and cultures. I have experienced this during the wake for the late Pope John Paul II. Rome has become truly a home of the people of the world.

Comment: The Mayor of Rome has been excellent in integrating small ethnic communities into Roman society.... Veltroni is like a brother for all Africans in Rome.

Comment: I live in Dublin, Ireland. Walter Veltroni is my choice for his administration's innovative and giant stride in the integration of immigrants into the Roman political system, despite the drawbacks of archaic national legislation. The election of immigrants to sit on the Council Chambers of the Municipality of Rome as Assistant Councillors (even without voting privileges) is a significant milestone in a country where national laws on citizenship for immigrant and integration is indeed backward. Veltroni has again shown his clarity of vision that has endeared him to millions of Italians and a huge fan in the city of poets and writers.

Comment: I vote mayor of Rome because Veltroni is a mayor very sensible to all kind of people, including poor people and immigrants. He likes very much cinema and music, and he is a very sweet and emotional person. I feel him very near to my way of thinking.

Comment: Rome became an example for every city in the world, for its diplomacy, sense of community, special events, security without being closed.

Comment: Walter Veltroni has consistently paid great attention to the quality of life of ordinary people in Rome, above all by making efforts to improve the quality of environment of Rome. Under his Mayoralty services such as public transport and care for the elderly and the young have improved tremendously.

Comment: The Mayor is totally transforming the face of the Italian capital. He's promoting tourism like never before; restoring buildings, villas, parks, streets, museums, squares and fountains. The outskirts of Rome have been revived and the economy is now the best in the country. He's also providing Rome with a great, new transportation system.

Comment: We would like to thank the Mayor for the hospitality Rome has shown to all those attending the funeral of Pope John Paul and the election of Pope Benedict.

Comment: I love democracy. Because in a world where absolute opinions create monsters, in a democratic state the majority has the right to approve that it considers right and not what is Right. This is my spirit and this is the spirit of my Mayor.

Comment: Rome - 'la citta eterna' - the greatest city in the entire world! If Veltroni can keep a 2800-year-old city running like clockwork, he'd probably make a great President, too. Mr. Veltroni is my #1 choice: a world-class mayor for a world-class city.

Comment: He listens to the people and he doesn't represent left or right, but only what is good or not for the city of Rome.

Comment: Walter Veltroni improved Rome in an extraordinary way. Not only are the public services better now than they were in the past; he fully realized that Rome's greatest capital is tourism and art. New museums and villas, the Auditorium by Renzo Piano, free concerts of international importance with artists such as McCartney and Simon & Garfunkel. The improvement of the road network; the new trains in the underground; the struggle against unauthorized building; a serious environmental policy; the expansion of malls; the care and consideration for people's problems; and, above all, a way of acting in politics without imposing oneself but by dialogue and comprehension. He really has a kind word for all. Thank you, Mr Veltroni.

Each year the most outstanding mayor is presented with the World Mayor Award. In 2004 the Award was won by Edi Rama, Mayor of Tirana. Dora Bakoyannis, Mayor of Athens, is the winner of the 2005 World Mayor Award. 2005 results

• Mayor of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
• Mayor of Antananarivo, Madagascar
• Mayor of Pretoria (Tshwane), South Africa

• Mayor of Buenos Aires, Argentina
• Mayor of Belo Horizonte, Brazil
• Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
• Mayor of Mississauga, Canada
• Mayor of Montreal, Canada
• Mayor of Toronto, Canada
• Mayor of Vancouver, Canada
• Mayor of Guatemala City, Guatemala
• Mayor of Mexico City, Mexico
• Mayor of Akron, USA
• Mayor of Atlanta, USA
• Mayor of Baltimore, USA
• Mayor of Charleston, USA
• Mayor of Chicago, USA
• Mayor of New York City, USA
• Mayor of San Francisco, USA
• Mayor of Seattle, USA
• Mayor of
Tinley Park, USA
• Mayor of Washington DC, USA

• Mayor of Beijing, China
• Mayor of Shanghai, China
• Mayor of Tehran, Iran
• Mayor of Hiroshima, Japan
• Mayor of Kitakyushu, Japan
• Mayor of Karachi, Pakistan
• Mayor of San Fernando, Philippines
• Mayor of Taipei, Taiwan
• Mayor of Istanbul, Turkey

• Mayor of Melbourne, Australia
• Mayor of Auckland, New Zealand

• Mayor of Innsbruck, Austria
• Mayor of Vienna, Austria
• Mayor of Grenoble, France
• Mayor of Lyon, France
• Mayor of Paris, France
• Mayor of Strasbourg, France
• Mayor of Berlin, Germany
• Mayor of Bonn, Germany
• Mayor of Düsseldorf, Germany
• Mayor of Frankfurt, Germany
• Mayor of Hannover, Germany
• Mayor of Leipzig, Germany
• Mayor of Munich, Germany
• Mayor of Stuttgart, Germany
• Mayor of Athens, Greece
• Mayor of Rhodes, Greece
• Mayor of Budapest, Hungary
• Mayor of Rome, Italy
• Mayor of Turin, Italy
• Mayor of Venice, Italy
• Mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania
• Mayor of Skopje, Macedonia
• Mayor of Tilburg, Netherlands
• Mayor of Lublin, Poland
• Mayor of Ekaterinburg, Russia
• Mayor of Moscow, Russia
• Mayor of Madrid, Spain
• Mayor of Saragossa, Spain
• Mayor of Stockholm, Sweden
• Mayor of Hartlepool, UK
• Mayor of London, UK
• Mayor of Kiev, Ukraine

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