Economy Minister Ion Ariton does not agree with a mine closure programme that would target the seven mines located in Jiului Valley, Mediafax informs. Ariton is waiting from the government and trade union representatives a long-term development plan that would run to 2020. “I haven’t accepted and I don’t agree with the closure of all seven mines in the Jiului Valley. That option is out of the question,” Ariton stated, referring to the three options (closure of three mines, of two mines or of all mines) discussed with mining representatives from the Jiului Valley. The Economy Minister stated that before the end of January he expects a “memorandum” from trade union representatives, one that would contain a programme that the trade unions agree with. Likewise, according to Ariton, the employees of the National Coal Company will not face salary payment problems in the upcoming period.