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Environment Ministry: Gold Corporation must submit valid urbanism certificate

The minister of Environment and Forests, Laszlo Borbely yesterday met the representatives of a coalition of 70 NGOs that signed a joint letter stating their disapproval for the start of gold mining operations at Rosia Montana, Agerpres reports.


The minister assured the NGOs of total transparency in the controversial issue of Rosia Montana, which he considers one of the most important environmental subjects in Romania currently.


With respect to setting up a Ministry commission in charge with analyzing the project, Borbely stressed that it only has an informative and consultative role, as it collects all the existing information and objectively informs the Ministry leadership.


“My position is very clear and unequivocal. I consider that, until Gold Corporation brings a valid urbanism certificate, we cannot make the next step. However, when the Romanian state decided it wants to develop a project there, it must also take the responsibility. As a minister, I can assure you that I will do nothing else than observe the laws, which are also in line with European directives,” the Environment and Forest minister stated.


The NGO representatives told Borbely that Gold Corporation should redo the whole project in terms of environment impact, as it provides for the exploitation of Mount Carnic, which is a protected area.


“I am open for dialog and I will even go to Rosia Montana myself, because I want to hear the opinions of all involved parties. In addition, I will ask the Culture Ministry to brief me on the current situation, with regard to the archeological sites on Mount Carnic,” Borbely declared.


The Environment minister was also due to meet, yesterday evening, the organizations that support the mining project in Rosia Montana.

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