El­do­rado to fight de­ci­sion

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

The Cana­dian firm that owns the Sk­ouries gold mine in Halkidiki says it will take le­gal ac­tion against the gov­ern­ment af­ter it or­dered the sus­pen­sion of the site’s tech­ni­cal stud­ies.

“We are most dis­ap­pointed and per­plexed by this en­tirely in­ap­pro­pri­ate de­ci­sion of the Min­istry of Energy, which puts 5,000 di­rect and in­di­rect jobs in Greece at risk, in­clud­ing the jobs of 2,000 Greek em­ploy­ees and con­trac­tors of Hel­las Gold,” said El­do­rado CEO Paul Wright.

The gov­ern­ment sus­pended the stud­ies af­ter the com­pany car­ried out the tests on the smelt­ing process in Fin­land. The Energy Min­istry said they should have been done at the mine in Halkidiki. Wright pointed out that El­do­rado has won pre­vi­ous court cases.

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