Court hears Hel­las Gold ap­peal

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The Coun­cil of State heard ar­gu­ments yesterday from both sides in the dis­pute be­tween the gov­ern­ment and Hel­las Gold over the mines in Halkidiki, north­ern Greece, and de­cided to al­low them to op­er­ate un­til it de­liv­ers its ver­dict later this month. The com­pany ap­pealed a de­ci­sion taken by Energy Min­is­ter Panos Sk­ourletis in Au­gust to sus­pend ap­proval of its tech­ni­cal study, which was based on the fact Hel­las Gold car­ried out tests on a flash-melt­ing process at a com­pany in Fin­land rather than at the site of the mines. Hel­las Gold told the coun­try’s high­est ad­min­is­tra­tive court yesterday that where the test was car­ried out was ir­rel­e­vant to its re­sult. The state’s le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive, though, in­sisted that the firm had not kept to the terms of its tech­ni­cal study. The court de­cided to sus­pend the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Sk­ourletis’s de­ci­sion un­til a fi­nal ver­dict has been reached be­fore the end of the month.

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