Court rules in mine’s fa­vor

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The Coun­cil of State re­jected yesterday two more ap­peals by Halkidiki res­i­dents against gold min­ing in the Sk­ouries for­est.

Greece’s high­est ad­min­is­tra­tive court ruled that the pro­ject, man­aged by Hel­las Gold, could pro­ceed even though it is tak­ing place in a for­est, which would nor­mally be a pro­tected area un­der the law.

The court’s fifth sec­tion found that the state’s de­ci­sion to hand the min­ing com­pany a 300-hectare area of the for­est is le­gal as it is di­rectly linked to min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. The court has ruled in the com­pany’s fa­vor on three pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions de­spite much op­po­si­tion to the scheme from lo­cals and ac­tivists, who say it will cause sig­nif­i­cant en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age.

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