The Renewables and Environmental Regulatory Institute (RERI) has announced that the Administrative Court in Belgrade has reached the decision whereby it orders the cessation of works on the construction of the gondola in Kalemegdan at the request of the RERI until the reaching of the final decision on the legality of the building permit which the Ministry of Construction issued for the preparatory works.
The RERI says in a post on its website, reri.org.rs, that the Administrative Court reached the conclusion in its decision of April 19 that the request for the postponement is justified and that the execution of works in Kalemegdan might result in “irreparable consequences to the cultural good – the Kalemegdan fortress and the environment”.
– According to the decision of the Administrative court, the execution of the decision on the building permit would irrevocably violate wider public interests – the post reads.
Writing that, under the decision of the Administrative Court, the works in Kalemegdan “cannot continue until the court reaches the final decision on the legality of the building permit”, the Institute says that the decision of the Administrative Court “shows that the rule of law still exists in Serbia and that fighting to protect the environment and the public interest through legal means produces results”.
In its post, the RERI invites the competent institutions, especially the Ministry of Construction, the Ministry of Tourism and Telecommunications, the City of Belgrade and the PE Ski Resorts of Serbia to “comply with the laws and cease all activities on the construction of the gondola, which does permanent damage to the public interest”.
On April 1, the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure passed the decision on the building permit, whereby preparatory works, which entail the excavation of earth and the laying of concrete piles, on the location of the Belgrade Fortress and the “Ancient Singidunum” archaeological site in Kalemegdan.