Just Finance International is calling on the Chinese authorities to honor President Xi’s September 2021 pledge to ‘not build new coal-fired power projects abroad’, by immediately exiting the Tuzla 7 project”
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
Ahead of this week’s European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) vote on Serbia, Just Finance International and Serbia’s Renewables and Environmental Regulatory Institute (RERI) today published a legal analysis detailing how a weakening of law and transparency in Serbia has provided loopholes for large scale infrastructure investments, including from China, leading to reports of forced labour and human rights abuses, along with impacts on human health and the environment.
It is common for Serbian government authorities to hide information, without a legal or security basis for doing so, when submitting documents to the online portal or responding to information requests. This may include protecting the name of the legal entity, as well as the official case number and other data that should be available to the public.
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.
Just Finance International said the Zijin Mining project is one of the many highly polluting Chinese investments undertaken “without necessary environmental and social due diligence”
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.
Wawa Wang (director, Just Finance) interviewed by the Financial Times on Chinese influence in Serbia.
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.
Brussels, 16 December 2021: Reacting to the passing of an EU Parliament vote on an urgent resolution on forced Vietnamese labour in Serbia’s Linglong tyre factory, and environmental protests in Serbia , Wawa Wang, program director of Just Finance International, said: “The overwhelming majority of Members of the European Parliament today recognised there is a… Continue reading Reaction to EU Parliament Resolution on forced labour in Serbia’s Linglong tyre factory and environmental protests in Serbia