Viola von Cramon, a member of the European Parliament (EP) will visit Serbia's western places of Loznica and Gornja Nedeljica, to support the signing of a petition for the withdrawal of the Spatial Plan, which enabled the construction of the Rio Tinto mine.
Her hosts will be the head of the opposition Together for Serbia (ZZS) party Nebojsa Zelenovic, the Don’t Let Belgrade Drown movement and other environmental activists.
Speaking to reporters in Belgrade, Von Cramon criticised the European Commission (EC) for having a positive tone in its report on Serbia’s progress to the Union, saying it aimed at giving support to Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic ahead of the next spring elections, adding it was not an EC’s job.
Later on Thursday, Serbia’s Minister of Mining and Energy, Zorana Mihajlovic, said the talks between the European Parliament’s rapporteur for Kosovo, Von Cramon, and a part of the opposition, „have to do with lobbying for the recognition of Kosovo“.
„Their talks with Viola von Cramon are lobbying for the recognition of so-called Kosovo. There will be no talks about the environment because she is interested in only one thing, and that is to advocate the independence of Kosovo,“ Mihajlovic said.
Earlier, a ZSS statement said that „the residents of the village of Gornje Nedeljice are directly endangered by the planned construction of the Rio Tinto jadarite mine. The locals will be forced to move out and leave their households and the fertile land where they produce food for people in Serbia.“
Von Cramon is a member of the German Alliance 90/the Greens and the European Green Party.