Min­ers re­turn to work to­day

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Em­ploy­ees of Hel­las Gold were to­day ex­pected to re­turn to work at the com­pany’s mines at Sk­ouries in Halkidiki, north­east­ern Greece, fol­low­ing a Coun­cil of State de­ci­sion al­low­ing the sites to re­open un­til the coun­try’s high­est ad­min­is­tra­tive court de­liv­ers its ver­dict later this month in a dis­pute be­tween the Greek gov­ern­ment and the min­ing com­pany. Hel­las Gold, a sub­sidiary of Canada’s El­do­rado, ap­pealed a de­ci­sion reached by Energy Min­is­ter Panos Sk­ourletis in Au­gust which or­dered the sus­pen­sion of the ap­proval of the com­pany’s tech­ni­cal study. Fol­low­ing the min­is­te­rial de­ci­sion, min­ing oper­a­tions were sus­pended. The Greek gov­ern­ment called for the sus­pen­sion on the grounds that flash-melt­ing process tests were car­ried out in Fin­land as op­posed to the Greek mines. Mean­while, Hel­las Gold union rep­re­sen­ta­tives held ral­lies over the week­end in Halkidiki in or­der to in­form lo­cal res­i­dents of re­cent de­vel­op­ments.

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