Thursday, 18 February 2010
Sixteenth Sitting of the Environmental Protection Committee
At the sitting held on 18 February, the members of the Environmental Protection Committee discussed issues relating to the cutting of plane trees in King Aleksandar Boulevard in Belgrade.
At the sitting held on 18 February, the members of the Environmental Protection Committee discussed issues relating to the cutting of plane trees in
The sitting, chaired by Cedomir Jovanovic, Committee Chairman, was attended by Ivica Radovic, State Secretary at the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning and associates, Radovan Draskic, Director of JKP Zelenilo Beograd, Marko Blagojevic, Director of the city Investment Agency, professors of the Belgrade Faculties of Forestry, Civil Engineering and Biology, representatives of the Academy of Architecture of Serbia, Director of the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia, representative of the Serbian Institute of Health Protection, as well as representatives of the Save the Belgrade Plane Trees civic association.
Opening the debate on the only item on the agenda, Committee Chairman Cedomir Jovanovic pointed out that the problem of reconstruction of King Aleksandar Boulevard has been inherited, adding that the town-planning project to solve the problem has been compromised. He stated that the duty of the representatives of competent authorities was to explain the discrepancies in the justification for the cutting of the avenue of trees, whether the reason was the bad shape the trees were in or the reconstruction of Belgrade, whether the trees were being cut for both reasons and if it were possible to save part of the avenue. He reiterated that the process lacked clear procedures, that the public has been excluded from the process, that the decisions already made were not irrevocable and that future actions on the city level can be implemented differently.
In the discussion, which included all the representatives of state authorities, non-governmental sector and expert public present, it was stated that that condition of
Summing up the results of the long debate, the Committee Chairman concluded to request an urgent meeting with the Mayor of Belgrade and the expert services that worked on the Boulevard reconstruction project, to be allowed insight into all available documentation, to halt the cutting of the plane trees on the Boulevard until the meeting between the Committee members and the Mayor and that all available information regarding the reconstruction and studies on the condition of the avenue be made public.
Committees related to this activity
10.00 - National Assembly Deputy Speaker Veroljub Arsic meets with the Head of the Greece-Serbia PFG (National Assembly House, 13 Nikola Pasic Square, hall 2)