Press releases

July 16, 2024

Reinstatement of the Decree on determination of the Jadar Project Spatial Plan of the Special Purpose Area (SPSPA)

Rio Tinto welcomes the decision of the Government of Serbia to reinstate the Jadar Project Spatial Plan of the Special Purpose Area (SPSPA).

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June 18, 2024

Rio Tinto’s response to incorrect information about the “Jadar” Project published on the N1 portal and TV Show Novi dan

As a guest on N1 television’s Novi Dan show, which was broadcast on June 18, professor of the Faculty of Economics, Danica Popović, made a series of baseless, inflammatory statements against the “Jadar” Project. Rio Tinto explicitly denies these allegations.

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June 13, 2024

Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Studies by Independent Experts indicate Jadar Project can be developed safely and comply with Serbian and EU environmental standards

Rio Tinto today voluntarily released the preliminary drafts of the Jadar Project Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies to allow the public to assess the potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures.

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June 06, 2024

Rio Tinto’s Response to Misinformation Regarding the Jadar Project Published on Al Jazeera Balkans Portal

In the article titled "Lithium Mining in the Balkans: 'If It Endangers Life, What's the Talk about Development, Money, Employment,'" published by Al Jazeera Balkans on May 31st, scientifically unfounded claims were made that could mislead readers regarding the Jadar Project.

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June 05, 2024

Rio Tinto’s response to inaccurate information published by Radar weekly

Radar Weekly, on 28 May 2024 in the Radar online portal, and on 30 May in the print issue, published an article titled “The Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture is threatened with removal because he protected Rio Tinto.”

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May 31, 2024

Rio Tinto’s response to concealment of facts by the Radar Weekly

Radar Weekly, in the article titled "Reported activities of registered lobbyists are lobbying activities" published on May 31, 2024 on the online portal, once again deliberately misleads the public by twisting and hiding the facts.

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May 23, 2024

Response of Rio Tinto to inaccurate information about the “Jadar Project” published in the weekly magazine “Radar”

The weekly magazine “Radar” published numerous falsehoods, insinuations, and serious accusations without any evidence in an article titled “Why Rio Tinto is lobbying for Serbia's EU accession: They want the headquarters to make a mistake once, but not a hundred times,” released on May 23. Rio Tinto demands the publication of facts to refute the disputed claims following the law.

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May 14, 2024

Rio Tinto’s response to incorrect information about the Jadar Project presented in the daily newspaper Danas

In the article "Since the Termination of the Project, Rio Tinto Has Spent Around 250 million Euros", published on May 14, the daily newspaper Danas presented numerous falsehoods, insinuations and serious accusations without any evidence.

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May 14, 2024

Rio Tinto’s response to incorrect information about the Jadar Project presented on the N1 portal

In the article "Bojana Novaković on Rio Tinto: They are also lobbying the EC, they continued at full steam, in a sinister way", published on May 13, the portal N1 presented numerous falsehoods, insinuations and serious accusations without any evidence.

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April 15, 2024

Rio Tinto’s response to the attack on the field team by local activists

We strongly condemn today's reckless attack by activists from "Ne damo Jadar" against the team of company’s contract partners during their regular tour of Rio Tinto owned properties in the Jadar Valley. This incident represents the continuation of an aggressive campaign of threats, intimidation and attacks against Rio Sava employees and our contract partners based on misinformation and fake news.

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March 28, 2024

Rio Tinto’s reaction to the protest and attacks in front of the Omni Center in Valjevo

With regret, we note the alarming fact that today in Valjevo, during the organization of a public dialogue on the Jadar Project, individuals, through threats, intimidation, and attacks on representatives of Rio Tinto and the present citizens of Valjevo, have obstructed free dialogue and information exchange, under the pretext of expressing the free will of citizens opposing the Jadar Project.

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March 14, 2024

Rio Tinto responds to misleading article and inaccurate information on Jadar Project environmental studies

On March 14 weekly magazine NIN published the article “Mining lithium would destroy living world in Jadar”. The article quotes parts of the findings published in 2021 publication of the Serbian Academy of Science and Arts (SANU) and concludes that “opening of the Jadarite mine and processing facility would irreversibly damage living world in Jadar”.

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March 03, 2024

Rio Tinto responds to fake and misleading Instagram post

An Instagram post by Jelena Stupljanin claiming Rio Tinto is responsible for poisoning two deer and one fawn in the Jadar Valley is misleading and repeating false allegations made two years ago.

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January 31, 2024

Rio Tinto calls for public dialogue based on facts to address ongoing misinformation campaign

Rio Tinto is calling for industry commentators and Jadar Project opponents to have a fact-based public dialogue to avoid continuing to mislead the public. Spreading misinformation and baseless claims prevents having an informed public conversation based on facts.

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January 31, 2024

Rio Tinto responds to inaccurate claims made N1 portal article titled “Opposition on the Lithium Mine: Between Crimes, Devastation, and Health Destruction.”

The N1 portal published an article this morning titled “Opposition on the Lithium Mine: Between Crimes, Devastation, and Health Destruction,” which featured opposition parties as interviewees, allegedly invited by the N1 editorial team, to comment on the opening of a lithium mine in the Jadar Valley.

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January 31, 2024

Rio Tinto refutes claims made by Ljiljana Bralovic on Glas javnosti portal

Ljiljana Bralovic made several untrue claims about Rio Tinto and the Jadar Project on the Glas javnosti portal on Monday, 29 January.

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January 29, 2024

Response to “Between the Lines” Television Una, interview with Nenad Kostić

In the program “Between the Lines”, Television Una, on Sunday 28 January 2024, Nenad Kostić made several false and unsubstantiated claims about the Jadar Project that Rio Sava disputes and is seeking to correct.

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January 28, 2024

Response by Rio Tinto to false and inaccurate claims on N1 Television program

Mr. Dušan Vasiljević today made several false and inaccurate claims about the use of sulfuric acid, economic benefits and sustainable mining related to the Jadar Project on the N1 television programme.

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January 24, 2024

Rio Sava’s response to protest in front of Information Center in Loznica

Rio Sava respects the right of Serbia’s citizens to protest peacefully in accordance with the law, however, the protest today outside the Loznica Information Centre continues a trend of activist groups spreading inaccurate, groundless claims about our company.

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January 22, 2024

Rio Tinto statement in response to baseless accusations by opponents of the Jadar Project

Over the weekend opponents of the Project made several unsubstantiated and baseless accusations against Rio Tinto. The claims continue a trend of activist groups spreading inaccurate, groundless claims about our company which are then reported by select media outlets without any verification.

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November 10, 2023

Statement about alleged activities of Rio Tinto in Serbia

The Ecological Uprising organisation today made several statements about the activities of Rio Tinto in Serbia related to the Jadar Project.

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November 09, 2023

Public notice regarding incorrect information about the alleged activities of Rio Tinto

Contrary to recent inaccurate media reporting, Rio Tinto has never engaged in lithium exploration or project development in Portugal, either independently or through joint ventures.

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September 20, 2023

Rio Sava is starting with the selective removal of building components, preserving traditional architecture elements

Loznica - Rio Sava is beginning to remove select historical architecture from abandoned buildings in the Jadar Valley as part of preparatory work to demolish the dilapidated houses and structures.

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August 25, 2023

Information for the public in relation to incorrect statements of Let’s Protect Jadar and Rađevina Association

Representatives of the Let’s Protect Jadar and Rađevina Association have once again (publicly) announced a series of untruths and unfounded accusations related to Rio Sava Exploration d.o.o. (Rio Sava), our parent company Rio Tinto and the Jadar Project (the Project).

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August 07, 2023

Public notice regarding incorrect information about the Project Jadar

Information has appeared in the public that links the recent changes to the Law on Planning and Construction with the plans to continue the implementation of the "Jadar" project.

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August 04, 2023

Current status of the Jadar Project – Interview with Marijanti Babić

Rio Tinto’s Country Head Serbia, Marijanti Babić, in an interview with Loznički Nedeljnik, answered questions about the status of the Jadar project, and the aspirations of the company in Loznica after the Government of Serbia cancelled the Special Purpose Area Spatial Plan for the development of the Jadar deposit.

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October 05, 2022

Solutions for arranging parcels owned by the company are available for inspection

The company Rio Sava Exploration will start the process of arranging the parcels in its ownership. Based on the obtained permits, land clearing and removal of houses and buildings that are no longer in use for security reasons will be undertaken.

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August 10, 2022

Internal Feasibility study being completed as continuation of previous commitments

This statement is a response to the SEOS claim that Rio Tinto and Bechtel are progressing the development of the Jadar Project. Rio Tinto reiterates that it respects the Government decision earlier this year to revoke all permits and licenses for the project.

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August 02, 2022

Press release

Different information appeared in the public about the Decision registering the change of ownership for plots and buildings in KO Slatina.

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