Information (DK): For ten years, Serbia has been in the EU’s waiting room, while China is making its mark on the country – and its environment

Information, (Denmark), 30 July 2022:

The sound of explosions, heavy dust in the air and polluted rivers plague the residents of the Serbian mining town of Bor, where a Chinese company bought the mine in 2018. The cooperation between the EU candidate country Serbia and China has intensified in recent years, but there are both environmental and political risks with the Chinese projects – and growing local opposition

The situation in Bor is not an isolated case, but rather “emblematic” of many of China’s investments in Serbia, says Wawa Wang. “It is common for Chinese projects to get exemptions in Serbia: exemptions from legal conditions when it comes to public tenders, competition, environmental assessments, and what is economically viable”.

Read more (in Danish): For ten years, Serbia has been in the EU’s waiting room. Meanwhile, China is leaving its mark on the country – and its environment