Serbia promisses clean, while investing into dirty energy

Serbia promisses clean, while investing into dirty energy

22 July 2016, 09:22

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Serbia has taken a commitment to produce energy from renewable sources, but it is building a new block of Kostolac B thermal power plant which will be using lignite coal. This will increase emissions of harmful gasses such as SO2 and CO2 – which are already causing health and other issues, primarily to inhabitants of Drmno settlement

Written by: Milica Šarić

Kostolac: Chinese loan, Serb rule-breaking

To have a new block of the thermal power plant Kostolac B constructed and Drmno opencast extended, Serbian Government borrowed $608.2 million from the Chinese state bank, and committed to obey Chinese laws. A Chinese company is the main contractor for the works. Serbia failed to consult Romania, even though it was a must, while Serbian Administrative court passed a ruling that Serbian Ministry of agriculture and environmental protection had violated law with its approval of the Environmental impact assessment study.

21 July 2016, 08:21

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Pressure on Judiciary: Intimidated Judges and Prosecutors Listen In Even on Politicians Whispering

Politicians are sending out messages through the media where they pick out culprits in advance and thus bid courts and prosecutors’ offices what to do in specific cases, whilst creating an illusion in public that a case in question has been solved. Judges and prosecutors are already intimidated following the 2009 failed judicial reform.

04 July 2016, 10:04

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Never-Ending Criminal Trials: Mira Marković’s Trial Adjourned 50 Times over 13 Years

Trial of Slobodan Milošević’s wife and another ten persons suspected of alleged abuse of public office for allocation of apartments is just one out of 583 criminal court proceedings which have gone on for over a decade and another 2,188 trials extending over a period of five years before Serbia’s criminal courts. Default of appearance by witnesses, adjournment of hearings, years-long length and lapse of the statute of limitations have plagued many trials.

24 June 2016, 11:24

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Anti-Corruption Agency Brought Proceedings against 1/5 of MPs

Of 250 National Assembly deputies with confirmed terms of office, the Anti-Corruption Agency brought proceedings over their failure to declare property and other violations of the law against 51 legislators. There are also MPs with pending criminal charges.

22 June 2016, 10:22

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Fight against Corruption: Spectacle on Camera, Silence in Courtrooms

Whilst highlighted as a priority by every government in recent years, fight against corruption boils down in practice to media announcements, arrests on camera and a large number of criminal charges brought, but without convictions in courts. Indictments are in short supply, verdicts are few and far between, and suspended sentences are the order of the day, shows the 6-month-long investigation carried out by CINS.

02 June 2016, 07:02

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State aids Pink with € 3.9 million

Serbian Export Credit and Insurance Agency (AOFI) aided Pink International Company, owned by Željko Mitrović, at least twice - with guarantees and loans at the total amount of € 3.9 million. AOFI has been refusing to provide any information on its business for six months already

30 May 2016, 06:30

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