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(15 July, Zagreb, Croatia) At least 140 people have been arrested in peaceful protests Zagreb, Croatia, today as works began on a heavily unpopular entrance ramp to a private underground car park, which would destroy part of the city’s Varsavska Street pedestrian zone.

Around 200 police including riot police sealed off the street while workers erected a fence around the construction site and cut down 5 trees. Contractors have been attempting to start work on the project since the beginning of the year but have until now been prevented by protests, including the destruction of a construction fence in May and a subsequent 33 day occupation of the pedestrian zone.

“It’s a tragic day for justice in Croatia when riot police arrest 140 residents for entering a public street instead of arresting the decision-makers and investor who engaged in corruption and nepotism in order to force this project through against massive public opposition”, commented Jagoda Munic of Green Action. “In mid-June the State Attorney (DORH) issued a statement that legal irregularities have been found in the project, but that investigations were still going on. Construction must stop immediately while these corruption investigations are completed”.


Jagoda Munic, Green Action/Friends of the Earth Croatia, +385 (0)98 1795 690

Zeljka Leljak-Gracin, Lawyer, Green Action/Friends of the Earth Croatia, +385 (0)95 8065 426

For more photos from this day click on the link here.

LATEST NEWS FROM 16 JULY - most of the activists have been released already and just few more activist are still arrested but will be out very soon. At the end 150 people in total were arrested. All of them have 8 days distrait order to come to the street where the protest was held (Varsavska) and to streets nearby. 

chelopech action smCanadian firm Dundee Precious Metals has frozen plans to use cyanide to extract gold at the Chelopech mine in Bulgaria after a national court rejected an environmental impact assessment that backed the project.  The impact assessment was approved by the Bulgarian environment ministry in July 2008 and an Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control permit for the project was granted in September last year. But the court asked the ministry to review the assessment.  This announcement has been welcomed by the Cyanide-free Bulgaria coalition.

For more information and NGO Press Release, please follow the link here.

For information about the project, clickhere.

Image source: CEE Bankwatch website

DSC04048В Казахстане создан пилотный   регистр выбросов и переноса загрязнителей (РВПЗ) на основе статистической отчетности предприятий Восточно-Казахстанской области в электронном  формате. 

B августе 2009 г. начался  проект«Усиление общественного  участия в Орхусском  процессе и содействие составлению Регистра выбросов и переноса загрязнителей (РВПЗ)» благодаря поддержке Центра ОБСЕ в Астане, а также помощи и поддержке Министерства охраны окружающей среды Республики Казахстан.

В проекте принимали участие Европейский ЭКО-Форум, Аналитическое  экологическое  агентство  “Greenwomen”, промышленные предприятия, ряд государственных структур Восточно-Казахстанской области, эксперты, неправительственные организации.

Подобная работа проводилась в Казахстане впервые.  Пилотный РВПЗ был разработан на субнациональном уровне на основе статистической отчетности предприятий Восточно-Казахстанской области , где проблемы загрязнения окружающей среды выражаются особенно остро.  Во время проекта был сделан анализ законодательных и институциональных возможностей Республики Казахстан, изучена существующая отчетность предприятий,  проведено тестирование системы РВПЗ  с целью:

belarus bigA Ukrainian NGO, Ecoclub, brought a complaint to the Implementation Committee of the Espoo Convention alleging numerous violations of the Convention. In particular, the complaint argues that Belarus is in violation with the requirements of the Convention by pre-defining two key alternatives of the nuclear power plant construction – location and no-action alternative, as well as by not establishing an environmental impact assessment procedure that permits public participation. This is the first attempt by NGOs to initiate non-compliance review by Espoo Implementation Committee coming under its newly operational rules. The complaint was developed with the assistance from EcoForum legal focal points. Full text of the complaint can be downloaded here.

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