Hel­las Gold puz­zled by move to sus­pend Sk­ouries min­ing

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Hel­las Gold, the com­pany re­spon­si­ble for the min­ing pro­ject in Sk­ouries for­est in north­ern Greece that was sus­pended yesterday by the gov­ern­ment, said it was “sur­prised” by the de­ci­sion and in­sisted it had not bro­ken any rules.

“Hel­las Gold has never bro­ken the law and is cur­rently re­view­ing the min­is­te­rial de­ci­sion with which we dis­agree and which puts at risk the liveli­hood of 5,000 res­i­dents in north­east­ern Halkidiki,” said Hel­las Gold man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and vice pres­i­dent Michalis Theodor­akopou­los.

Ear­lier, Energy Min­is­ter Panos Sk­ourletis said work at the gold mine would have to be sus­pended be­cause the firm went be­yond the lim­its of the tech­ni­cal stud­ies car­ried out for the pro­ject.

“The com­pany has vi­o­lated the terms of its tech­ni­cal stud­ies. This means a tem­po­rary halt in work,” Sk­ourletis said, with­out giv­ing fur­ther de­tails. “The gov­ern­ment wel­comes in­vest­ment, but com­pa­nies must re­spect the terms to which they are bound.”

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