PM: Govt. soon to annul decree including Rio Tinto in Serbia’s Spatial Plan

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Serbia's Government will soon erase the project Rio Tinto's 'Jadar Project' "in the country's national spatial plan, Prime Minister Ana Brnabic has said on Monday.

„We still have some consultations with (Aleksandar Vucic) the President,“ Brnabic told reporters in the northern city of Novi Sad but did not specify when the decision would be made.

She reiterated the authorities’ argument: „We should not have a problem, we did not bring them to Serbia, we did not give them anything, we do not have any agreement with ‘Rio Tinto,’ describing mass roadblocks across the country over several weekends as political which had nothing to do with environmental protection.

Besides the annulment of the Spatial Plan, the activists demand all documents signed with the Anglo-Australian company are published.

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Commenting on the results of Sunday’s referendum on constitutional changes related to the judiciary, Brnabic said that it was a „great thing.“ However, some opposition politicians „showed hypocrisy by calling for a vote against,“ she added.

The Republic Election Commission (RIK) said late on Sunday that just over 30 percent of the electorate turned out for the referendum with a majority voting yes. However, voters in Belgrade, Novi Sad, the southern city of Nis and the central town of Kragujevac did not support the changes.

Serbia has recently changed the Law on Referendum to exclude the mandatory 50 plus one of the turnouts for the voting to be valid.


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