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Roma families fear displacement due to construction of an ecoduct across National Road, Svrcinovec, Slovakia

Roma families in Svrcinovec face the risk of displacement due to the construction of an ecoduct across roads with high traffic density.


In Svrcinovec, a small town located at the intersection of the D3 Highway and National Road 11, the construction of an ecoduct may displace a small local Roma community. 

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Roma families fear displacement due to construction of an ecoduct across National Road, Svrcinovec, Slovakia
Country:Slovak Republic
State or province:Zilina county
Location of conflict:Svrcinovec
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Infrastructure and Built Environment
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Transport infrastructure networks (roads, railways, hydroways, canals and pipelines)
Project Details and Actors
Project details

The National Motorway Company has been working on the construction of the D3 in several phases since the late 1990s. The costs of the ecoduct to be constructed here are reported to exceed 16 million Euro and constructions is planned to start in the second half of 2020. [2]

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Level of Investment for the conflictive project20,000,000
Type of populationSemi-urban
Affected Population:40 - 70
Start of the conflict:01/01/2019
Company names or state enterprises:National Motorway Company (NDS) from Slovak Republic - Constructor / Investor
Relevant government actors:Municipal office Svrcinovec
Office of Plenipotentiary for Roma Communities
Ombudswoman Office
International and Finance InstitutionsEuropean Commission
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Local government/political parties
Ethnically/racially discriminated groups
Forms of mobilization:Development of alternative proposals
Official complaint letters and petitions
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Displacement
Potential: Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment
Project StatusPlanned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Conflict outcome / response:Under negotiation
Proposal and development of alternatives:The municipal office in Svrcinovec claims that it wants to secure accommodation for Roma families from the side of the National Motorway Company and avoid that the Roma families are evicted from the municipality altogether. As the mayor stated, the municipality neither has any available building plots nor existing buildings for the Roma families. The mayor entered into negotiations with the National Motorway Company, the Office of the Plenipotentiary for Roma Communities (a governmental body) and the Obudswoman's Office to find a solution to provide housing for its inhabitants.

According to the mayor, the National Motorway is responsible for buying the property, for its demolition and the compensation of the inhabitants. The mayor also mentioned that the constructor considers different options regarding new housing for the affected families.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:The construction of the highway needs to comply with environmental protection conditions set by the funder, while at the same time it may lead to the loss of housing or even displacement of local Roma families.
Sources & Materials
Juridical relevant texts related to the conflict (laws, legislations, EIAs, etc)

[3] Records of Svrcinovec municipal council session on 7.8.2019, p.8 . See attached picture.

[4] Administrative procedure documenting the construction of the ecoduct.
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Documentation of ecoduct construction, parts 2,3
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Documentation of ecoduct construction, parts 1,2
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[1] Wikipedia article about the D3.
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[5] To construct ecoduct in Svrcniovec will not be easy
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[6] For an ecoduct a settlement with 40 inhabitants will be destroyed - TV report
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[7] Ecoduct construction in Svrcinovec is becoming complicated
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The ecoduct in Svrcinovec will be constructed over a Roma settlement. Newspaper article in Slovak (May 2019).
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Proclamation of the National Motorway Company, Ministry of Environment and the WWF to cooperate at construction of more ecoducts in Slovakia. (September 2018)
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Construction of an ecoduct in Svrinovec is becoming complicated, NDS considers options. A newspaper article in Slovak (July 2019)
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For a bridge for animals a settlement of 40 people will be removed. A TV report (May 2019).
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Other documents

Svrcinovec ecoduct construction locality The locality where an ecoduct is going to be constructed. Affected house marked with grey dot. The proximity of the two forests separated by a main road and railway is clearly visible.
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Records of Svrcinovec municipal council session on 7.8.2019 The discussion recorded on p. 8 covers the recent development in the case.
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Last update24/07/2019
Conflict ID:4359
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