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English12/09/2019

GOLIĆ: UNA NATURE PARK - SRPSKA’S DEFENCE MECHANISM

 

BANJALUKA, September 12 /SRNA/ - Deputy Prime Minister of Republika Srpska Srebrenka Golić says the Government’s Thursday decision to declare the Una Nature Park is yet another of Republika Srpska’s defence mechanisms against the Croatian authorities and its intentions to dispose of radioactive nuclear waste at Trgovska gora at the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the vicinity of Novi Grad.

 

"The area declared a nature park has a different and special status in the European legislation,” Golić stated at a press conference after a Government session.

Golić, who is Minister of Spatial Planning, Civil Engineering and Ecology of Republika Srpska, announced protests for September 27 where the people living in the Una River basin will express anger at the Croatian authorities’ intention to contaminate the area with radioactive waste.

She said the Una Nature Park in Republika Srpska borders with the Una National Nature Park in the Federation of BiH, and that it encompasses 13 municipalities in the Una basin with 230,000 inhabitants.

Golić said she would meet with the BiH caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Crnadak next week to inform him of all the activities Republika Srpska had taken to prevent Croatia’s intention to build a nuclear waste disposal site.

According to her, Crnadak would then notify participants of the International Conference on Atomic Energy, which is taking place in Vienna next week.

"Crnadak ought to once again publicly call on the authorities in Croatia to build the disposal site where Slovenia had proposed, in Vrbine, the place of origin of the nuclear waste,” emphasised Golić.

Golić recalled all the previous activities of the competent ministry aimed at preventing Croatia’s intentions to dispose of radioactive waste at Trgovska Gora, pointing out that a series of meetings with Croatian authorities, an international conference, and sessions of the local parliaments and of the National Assembly of Republika Srpska had taken place to that end.

She added that the Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik was the first to take action about the Croatia’s intention to build the nuclear waste disposal site and request information from the competent ministry, and that after that the BiH Presidency issued conclusions to move the site to one of the seven proposed locations.

Golić said the Srpska Government had made a decision to accept a grant from the German Development Bank for the project “Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings” in the amount of EUR10 million.

"The competent ministry received the highest grades for implementation of certain international projects, which is why the German Development Bank granted these funds only to the Government of Republika Srpska,” underlined Golić.

She expects these funds to become operational next year. She is authorised to sign an agreement together with the BiH minister of finance about its execution.

Golić said that these funds were exclusively intended for energy efficiency of buildings, including thermal insulation, new windows and doors, lighting and heating.

Asked whether she had any new findings about the contamination with pyralene in the Banjaluka Incel Business Zone, Golić said she was expecting a comprehensive document as to the repair of the area from Dutch experts.

"The first stage will be to scrape off and export the contaminated soil, not only in terms of pyralene but heavy metals too, which are the result of production plants that used to be there,” said Golić.

She noted that the United Nations had hired a team of chemical experts from the Netherlands who visited Incel, and that they were expected to draft a complete project as to what has to be done to fix the site in Incel. /end/dš