Secretariat opens dispute settlement procedure against Serbia concerning environmental impact assessment for the Drmno coal mine

9 July 2021

Today, the Secretariat sent an Opening Letter to Serbia addressing the failure to carry out an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the extension of the Drmno coal mine in the Kostolac basin in 2013.

The Drmno coal mine has been in operation since 1987 and provides for the fuel supply of the nearby coal-fired thermal power plants. In 2013, the operator sent a request for another expansion of the mine, which was approved by the competent authority without requesting an EIA. In the Opening Letter, the Secretariat comes to the preliminary conclusion that the decision not to carry out an EIA was taken by the competent authority without regard to a significant expansion of the surface of the mine.

Interested parties may be granted access to the case file and may submit written observations on the present case. All requests for information should be addressed to the Deputy Director and Legal Counsel at [email protected] or +43 1 535 2222 24 and should make reference to the relevant case number (ECS-9/18).


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  • Serbia Serbia