In mid September 2015, Arnika (CZ) joined Eko-Forum Zenica(BiH) on a mission towards better state of the environmental democracy in the BiH. Two criminal charges that have been submitted as a result of a profound cooperation of several lawyers from both countries. The civil society long pursued more responsibility of the deputies of ArcelorMittal and representatives of the state officials. Finally, was this issue taken to the next level and brought to court. The local communities of Zenica encouraged this action as their demonstrations against cathastrophic air pollution earlier in 2015 showed no response action of the ones who bear the responsibility for the current state of environment. We are eager to hear the results from the investigation from the case.
Arnika and Eko-Forum also presented a new publication where they highlight some issues that BiH encounters concerning the environmental democracy. The title of the book: Environmental Democracy: Limping Along suggests that the overall state of implementation of the Aarhus Convention is not that positive as the official reports claim.
The two NGOs also help to foster the debate about the environmental permits and invited stakeholders to a conference.
Photo: Daniel Šíma, Arnika