Bosnia & Herzegovina: Reporters win lawsuit against Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining over withholding public information on coal mine & power plant

Author: Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN), Published on: 20 April 2018

District Court in Banja Luka has ruled in favor of the Center for Investigative Reporting in Sarajevo (CIN) in an administrative review case that CIN filed four years ago against the Republika Srpska (RS) Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining for withholding public information from reporters. CIN requested licensing contracts for mining coal, research and the use of water and the construction of a power plant in Stanari near Doboj, as well as subsequent annexes to the contracts that the RS government signed with a concessionaire, “EFT Mine and Power Plant Stanari“...[T]he Ministry...refused to provide documents as proof, saying the concessionaire objected to release of that information as damaging to its commercial interests...CIN argued that...the citizens should know “under which circumstances the government and its ministries are giving to a commercial legal subject its resources that belong to all the country’s citizens”.

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