RERI, WWF call on signing petition against Serbia’s Law on Waters

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The Regulatory Institute for Renewable Energy and the Environment (RERI) and the World Organisation for Nature (WWF) called on the citizens of Serbia to sign the petition for calling for a referendum on, as they said, unconstitutional and illegal amendments to the Law on Waters.

They say that the proposed amendments change, among other things, the provisions on the using and leasing of water land. They envisage the introduction of „a direct agreement“ in leasing water land in public ownership and use of river sediments and set floating objects (rafts).

More than 40 civil society organisations have already demanded the withdrawal of the Law on Waters, they say.

RERI and WWF said that Article 2 of the Law on Referendum stipulates that citizens decide on issues within the Parliament competence, while Article 10 envisages that the Parliament passes the act on calling a national referendum at the proposal of at least 100,000 voters whose signatories the two organisations want to collect.