SEV calls for Halkidiki mine talks

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - CHRYSSA LIAGGOU

The pres­i­dent of the Hel­lenic Fed­er­a­tion of En­ter­prises (SEV), Theodoros Fes­sas, has launched an ini­tia­tive to save El­do­rado Gold’s in­vest­ment in the Halkidiki gold mines, as part of the fed­er­a­tion’s cam­paign to at­tract and sup­port in­vest­ments in the in­dus­trial sec­tor.

The man­age­ment of El­do­rado Gold yes­ter­day vis­ited SEV’s head­quar­ters upon Fes­sas’s in­vi­ta­tion, pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion about its in­vest­ment plans in north­ern Greece, as well as the sit­u­a­tion at the Halkidiki gold mines fol­low­ing suc­ces­sive in­ter­ven­tions by former en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Panayi­o­tis Lafaza­nis and the cur­rent holder of the post, Panos Sk­ourletis, and rul­ings by the Coun­cil of State, the coun­try’s high­est ad­min­is­tra­tive court.

The chief ex­ec­u­tive of El­do­rado Gold, Paul Wright, in­formed SEV about the 1-bil­lion-euro in­vest­ment in Halkidiki, not­ing that the firm’s share­hold­ers in­clude a num­ber of ma­jor fund man­age­ment com­pa­nies, such as Black­Rock and Fidelity, that could at­tract more for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment to Greece if they saw the in­vest­ment cli­mate im­prov­ing.

Fes­sas called for an open di­a­logue in­volv­ing all sides at the Halkidiki gold mines “so as not to put one of the very few large-scale for­eign in­vest­ments to­day in Greece at risk.”

The pres­i­dent of the Hel­lenic Fed­er­a­tion of En­ter­prises (SEV), Theodoros Fes­sas.

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