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30 Nov 2021

Sasa Dragojlo, BIRN

Serbian President urged to withdraw expropriation law after protests

29 November 2021

The Serbian Bar Association AKS...urged the President of Serbia...not to promulgate the disputed Law on Expropriation by signing amendments to the law that  parliament adopted on November 26.

Protesters say laws are being changed to favour big foreign investers in Serbia, especially Rio Tinto...which is planning to dig for lithium in Serbia.

The authorities have denied the claims, saying changed laws are needed to expedite important major infrastructure projects.

The AKS said in a letter that the bill should be returned to the National Assembly for reconsideration, listing its objections to the law...

President Vucic meanwhile on Sunday said he had no right to return something to parliament he did not like, but only what is not in accordance with the constitution. He also said that he awaited the opinion of his legal team on the mentioned laws, and would then decide...