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
U istočnoj Srbiji nalazi se Bor, jedan od najzagađenijih gradova u toj zemlji. Dok mještani demonstriraju zbog zagađenog vazduha i vode, kineska rudarska kompanija „Serbia Zijin Copper“ koja upravlja velikim rudarsko-metalurškim kompleksom proširuje rudarske radove bez potrebnih dozvola, saglasnosti mještana i transparentnog procesa.
Bor, in north-eastern Serbia, is one of the country’s most polluted cities. While citizens protest their toxic air and water, Chinese mining company Zijin, which runs the city’s large-scale copper mining and smelting complex, is expanding its operations without permits, local consent or transparency.
Highway E-763, which connects Belgrade and Montenegro, has been built with impressive speed outside the Serbian city of Cacak. But local communities complain of noise, pollution and devastated eco systems. The main contractor, Chinese state-owned company CCCC, is accused of excavating gravel for the road without obtaining the necessary permits.
The latest report by the international organization Just Finance, which investigates Chinese investments around the world, states that several laws were violated during the construction of one of the most important roads in Serbia.
Wawa Wang, director of Just Finance International, said Chinese funding continues to exacerbate the climate crisis in the Western Balkans, a region where Chinese loans can expand new coal projects.
The climate emergency and the alarming loss of the planet’s biodiversity are closely related to ill-conceived large scale infrastructure projects. These include power plants that generate greenhouse gas emissions for decades to come, large hydro dams, mining projects and export corridors that slice through the world’s remaining surviving wild areas and intact forests. In addition… Continue reading The Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB): Global leader in infrastructure finance at what cost? The AIIB’s Approach to Transparency and Public Access to Information
Pišu: Wawa Wang i Nils Resare 30/11/2021 Mile Krstić očekuje novog komšiju. Svega nekoliko stotina metara dalje od njegove kuće, pripremljeno je zemljište za izgradnju nove termoelektrane u Ugljeviku, bloka III, koji će graditi kineske i poljsko-kineske firme. Krstićevu kuću odranije okružuje velika rudarska industrija u ovom gradu. TE Ugljevik blok I, koji slovi kao… Continue reading Uprkos Xijevoj datoj riječi, Kina nije odustala od finansiranja termoelektrana na ugalj u Bosni i Hercegovini
Despite a pledge to stop financing coal power abroad, overseas coal power plants financed by Chinese banks and state-owned enterprises are still moving forward – including in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Read the full story by Wawa Wang and Nils Resare in the Diplomat here.
The contaminated ash from the Tuzla coal power plant is mixed with water and pumped out into a dessert-like field a few kilometres outside the city centre. Well-implemented environmental impact assessments and feasibility studies are crucial for governments to make fully informed decisions. Underestimating environmental impacts or miscalculating costs will not only undermine accountability, but… Continue reading Deceptive feasibility studies for new coal power plants in Bosnia and Herzegovina