- 71% of the people who voted in the largest mining communities in Apuseni said YES to mining
- 90% of those registered on the lists would have voted at the referendum if the area had not been depopulated, and roads had not been blocked by the snow on the day of the vote
- The inhabitants and mayors from Zlatna, Abrud, Bucium, Baia de Aries and Rosia Montana ask the Government of Romania to support investments and resume mining in the Apuseni Mountains
The inhabitants of the 5 localities with concrete mining projects undergoing different development stages have largely pronounced in favor of the resumption of mining in the area at the referendum held on December 9th, 2012. Thus, out of 9,358 voters, 6,629 said “YES, we want the development of mining in the area and the exploitation in Rosia Montana”, as follows:
In this respect, the mayors of these localities with mining tradition – Zlatna, Abrud, Baia de Aries, Rosia Montana and Bucium – where the vote for mining was 71%, ask the Government of Romania to re-launch the mining industry in Apuseni, to authorize the project in Rosia Montana, to support and develop mining in Rosia Poieni, to open new leases for mining the natural resources and attract investors in the Romanian mining industry.
Inhabitants and mayors of these mining communities, with mining projects, ask state authorities to take into account the overwhelming will of the people who voted at the referendum on December 9th and include mining in a national strategy for job creation throughout the area.
”We want to tell all the investors, regardless of whether they are from the country or abroad, regardless of whether they are private or public, that economic development in the Apuseni Mountains depends on mining. It is the only solution for job creation and economic re-launch of the area. Resumption of mining will boost orders to suppliers, will open economic activities in services, will generate a money circuit throughout the area and provide a living for the people. Mining can bring welfare to this corner of the country which struggles between poverty and despair”, say the mayors of the 5 mining communities which are now facing a worrying level of unemployment and depopulation, which places Alba in the top of the counties across the country with social problems.
”The population in the 5 communes voted for the resumption of mining in Apuseni and Rosia Montana in a proportion of 71%. We are eagerly waiting for investors in the area. For us, mining means thousands of permanent jobs and the only way to reduce unemployment and poverty level. The inhabitants of the Apuseni Mountains are waiting for investments, not empty words which cannot ensure our everyday living”, the mayors say.
The participation at the vote and referendum on December 9th throughout the Apuseni Mountains was hindered by the extremely difficult weather conditions. In many communes, the people could not exercise their right to vote, the layer of snow making many communal and even county roads impracticable. ”The participation at the vote in the 5 localities was over 50%. However, if we exclude 25% of the local population working abroad and 20% of the snowbound population because of the difficult weather conditions, the real participation at the referendum can be considered in excess of 90%. Thus, we, who know very well the realities of the area, can say that an overwhelming majority of the population asks that mining is resumed in Apuseni and Rosia Montana. We want to believe that this signal will be understood and we will have the support of the politics from Bucharest so that the project in Rosia Montana is started as quickly as possible, so that other mining projects are developed, as they generate thousands of jobs for the people throughout the area of the Apuseni Mountains”.
All the communities are united in their support for mining, for jobs and for a better future. These conclusions were expressed by the mayors of the most important mining localities in the area who, although separated from the point of view of political belonging, are united in their support for the resumption of mining in Apuseni and for the project in Rosia Montana.
Traian Pandor, mayor of Baia de Aries, USL: “People here have been miners from father to son. Mining is more than just an economic activity; it is a tradition and a way of living for the people in Baia de Aries. Regardless of whether they support one party or the other, the people here supported mining in Rosia Montana and the Apuseni Mountains. A “Yes” vote in a share of 69% is an extraordinary signal about how united the community here is in its support for the project in Rosia Montana. I hope all the political leaders from Bucharest understand the importance of this unity of people and listen to their voice”.
Silviu Ponoran, mayor of Zlatna, PDL: “Zlatna developed from mining and the mining industry. For the people here, mining is a chance to a better life. The future of Zlatna depends on it and I say that with full responsibility. For me, the result of the referendum, 75% YES to mining, was not a surprise, as I knew the support that the Rosia Montana Project enjoys in Zlatna. Now, I hope the political leaders from Bucharest will also understand that people want mining and they will do whatever depends on them for the project in Rosia Montana to start”.
Abrud knows best how a community can develop from mining, especially as its inhabitants are also waiting for the development of mining in Rosia Poieni. Nicolae Simina, mayor of Abrud, PSD: “The development of mining in Apuseni can ensure job stability in Rosia Montana and Rosia Poieni. Everybody in the area knows the reality here: with mining there is a future, without it – the people will deepen in poverty and despair. This mobilized the inhabitants of Abrud to come in large numbers at the referendum and vote for mining with a great majority of 62%. I wish this cry of despair is heard also by the authorities from Bucharest. The miners from Apuseni want jobs in mining, and the people in the area support them as they understand this is their only solution. The political decision can no longer be postponed”.