More than 13,000 people have signed a petition against the construction of the national football stadium in Belgrade in ten days, announced the non-governmental Association for the Protection of Constitutionality and Legality, which is one of the promoters of the initiative.
“The next step will be to submit a request for information of public interest in order to obtain a study on the economic feasibility of the stadium which is planned to be built”, adds the statement.
The Association also said the decision to build the stadium was publicly presented by President Aleksandar Vučić, who does not have the formal authority to make decisions on the matter.
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At a time when the new government has not yet been formed, any decision on the matter is “a typical misuse of public authority”, the statement reads and adds:
“This is a project financed from the state budget, i.e. by the money of the Serbian citizens or the money that citizens have entrusted to the state institutions so that their children can have basic school equipment, so there is a sufficient number of doctors in hospitals and that people do not have to wait months for medical examinations and interventions, so we can have normal roads and infrastructure, as well as proper sewage and water supply to the most disadvantaged areas.”
In late 2019, the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, while presenting the Serbia 2025 investment plan, worth 14 billion euro, had foreseen investments for half a billion euro in the next five years in sports infrastructure, and announced the construction of a national football stadium in Belgrade.
At the same time, Finance Minister Siniša Mali said that 250 million euro from the 2020 state budget towards the construction of the national stadium.
(Nova Ekonomija, 08.09.2020)
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