Serbia’s Energy Minister: Jadar project stopped at request of citizens

Tanjug/Zoran žestić

The Minister of Mining and Energy, Zorana Mihajlovic, announced that the "Jadar" project was stopped at the request of the citizens.

According to her ministry’s statement, the state will not take any step without studies and consultations with citizens, „regardless of incorrect information that there is a binding agreement with Rio Tinto.“

She told the Bloomberg agency that the idea presented by the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, about the referendum was „the best solution“ and that the final word would be given by the citizens.

„However, we are three months away from the elections and every topic is now political, and not environmental, energy-related or economic,“ she said.

She reiterated that there is no contractual relationship between the state and Rio Tinto.

Mihajlovic said that the essence of the studies is on environmental impact assessment.

„On the other hand, I think we need to know what lithium is, how important it is on a global level, and all estimates show that the demand for lithium will be 90 times higher by 2040,“ said Mihajlovic.
According to her, Serbia is „the only country in the world“ to have jadarite, a mineral with a special structure.