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  1. Je reviens tout juste de Belgrade où j'ai pu observer l'immensité du chantier du projet Belgrade Waterfront. Ce projet consiste en la ré-urbanisation d'une partie du quartier de Savamala qui il y a peu était principalement constitué de docks. Le projet s'étend en largeur de la gare centrale aux rives de la Save et en longueur de la Foire de Belgrade au pont Branko. Ce méga-projet n'en est qu'à ses débuts et il fait déjà face à de nombreuses polémiques (manque de transparence, brutalité, corruption, etc.) De très nombreuses autres sources se retrouvent facilement en ligne et proposent une vision plus complète de la polémique, pour ceux que ça intéressent. Entre autres, cet article intéressant du NY Times "To Build Dubai of the Balkans, Serbia Deploys Bulldozers and Baseball Bats". https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/29/world/europe/serbia-belgrade-waterfront-uae-aleksandar-vucic.html De ce que j'ai pu voir, seul le complexe BW Résidences (première photo) est proche d'être terminé, les autres phases Vista et Parkview sont elles aussi en construction. La dernière photo date de juillet 2017 (https://www.dreamstime.com/editorial-image-belgrade-serbia-july-belgrade-waterfront-construction-site-aerial-view-evening-image96680110). https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/aleem-datoo/drowning-belgrade-belgrade-waterfront-project-in-context Controversy But there have been four main political controversies around the project so far. Firstly, under Serbian law, riverbanks come explicitly within municipal ownership. Without explicit consent from the City of Belgrade, the investment contract is trying to transfer the rights of the Sava riverside to a private foreign developer. Secondly, when the government autonomously decided to sell the land to Eagle Hills, they did not adhere to a standard bidding procedure. The Abu Dhabi based group was simply chosen through an opaque process, raising suspicion as to the incentive deployed to subvert the investment modus operandi. Thirdly, an organisation investigating the official contract between Eagle Hills and the Government discovered a clause stipulating that the Government would adopt laws to facilitate the realisation of the project and block any bills that would impede its development. This has widely been regarded as no less than full political capitulation to the imperatives of the project. Finally, in May 2016 a group of masked men blocked off a contentious street near the riverside, tied up a number of residents and subsequently bulldozed several buildings to the ground. When residents called the police to intervene not a single member of the force responded, claiming that they had orders from “higher up.” The annual report of Serbia’s Ombudsman confirms this and implicates the Ministry of the Interior in the event. These controversies resulted in ongoing and increasing popular protests in Belgrade, by thousands of people.