Sumary of Belgrade residents tell rights court of bar noise ‘torture’:
- BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s capital is vibrating with nightlife again after over a year of pandemic restrictions.
- Cafes, bars and fun-hungry customers are celebrating a summer boom in business and entertainment options, but the accompanying loud music and other noise are a bust for residents across Belgrade.
- Dragic’s apartment overlooks a downtown Belgrade street that is one of the hot spots in a European capital with a reputation for partying after dark.
- “The noise is such that some neighbors just leave the city or the street or everything,” said Dragic, an engineer.
- Residents of the city’s commercial areas have complained for years about deafening noise from bars, discos and night clubs.
- Lawyer Marina Mijatovic said she took the issue to the court in Strasbourg after Belgrade authorities didn’t respond to a local court ruling last month that said they hadn’t done enough to limit noise.
- “We expect the (European) court to confirm the violation of rights and instruct Serbia to take measures to reduce the noise to the levels acceptable for normal life,” she said.
- Belgrade authorities, after promising repeatedly to address the complaints, and have prepared new noise protection rules that envisage wider authority for a community policing unit.