"The people of Zenica cannot breathe because of such state of air pollution like the one we were used to towards the end of communist era in the former Czechoslovakia in the areas of Ostrava and Ustí nad Labem. The right to a healthy environment and environmental information is one of the main pillars of modern European democracy. While in Karlstad, Sweden, one would hardly notice passing the ironworks, Mittal in Ostrava is already a major contributor to air pollution and in Zenica toxic substances literally poison the inversion lid over the valley. We help local people by creating a strategy on how to deal with the authorities, and we also publicize to the international community of the problem." Arnika's spokesman Vratislav Vozník comments on the activity in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Hourly and daily average values of sulphur dioxide are exceeded quite frequently, often more than quadrupled. According to Samir Lemeš, representative of Eko-forum Zenica, Arnika's partner, local authorities installed information screens with information about the actual pollution, but they often do not function properly. On the website the information is available up to several days late, which also raises the question whether the data are retroactively adjusted in the meantime. In addition, local authorities are failing in their duty to report the smog situation and in the pollution regulation itself.