“Protest slogans with similar content were noticeable at both Pristina and Skopje demonstrations held in the past 3 years. Civil societies in both Kosovo and Macedonia showed severe discontent, engaging in street activism and institutional advocacy, challenging the dominant narrative of the political elites, which claimed to be unable or lacked willingness to address the high levels of air pollution in the countries. A factor that may have contributed to the growing dissent was the increased production and publication of domestic data or increased accessibility and media coverage of research produced by outside actors, which stirred a more informed public debate, followed by inquiries for public accountability (this goes without prejudices to other factors described by academic literature as contributing to social mobilization in the recent past such as social media, the role of elites, etc.). Needless to say, there is much more to be done in terms of improving reliability, consistency, and comparability of data in the Balkans, but some progress is likely, under pressure to approximate with European standards in statistics.” (Full article at The Vostokian)
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