Bor, in north-eastern Serbia, is one of the country’s most polluted cities. While citizens protest their dirty air and water, Chinese mining company Zijin, which runs the city’s large-scale copper mining and smelting complex, is expanding its operations. This unique picture essay by Nemanja Pančić captures the industrial landscape and pollution in Bor and its surrounds.
The gradual weakening of legal requirements for Chinese investments in Serbia is of real concern according to Wawa Wang and Nils Resare at Just Finance. Read the article in the Diplomat. Read more
Serbia has become a hotspot for large scale Chinese investments and lending in highly polluting industries. Some of the activities will leave a deep footprint in the environment and the rule of law. BRI-Europa presents an overview of the most problematic takeovers in the country and explain how they were approved without required transparency and procurement procedures.
The EU must strongly address the growing Chinese influence in Serbia and the impending ecological impacts thereof. Read More
The European Union needs to step up its actions on violations of EU law by Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in Europe, warned civil society groups working in southeast Europe today (1), as European and Chinese leaders meet online in lieu of the postponed Leipzig summit. Chinese SOEs have been particularly active in southeast Europe in… Continue reading EU-China leaders’ meeting: EU must do more to tackle legal breaches by Chinese companies in Europe, say civil society organisations