Bucharest, 27 December 2016 - Romanian Government adopted in the last meeting of the current Executive, a proposal for a temporary ban on cyanide use in Romania. The legal moratorium proposed to the Parliament provides a 10 year period during which cyanide-based technologies may not be used in mining. During this time frame the Romanian state would have to undertake detailed assessments of the environmental issues generated by cyanide-based mining operations.
Cluj-Napoca/ Romania, 27 July 2016 - Canadian Eldorado Gold, the project owner intending to extract the 70 tonnes of gold at Certej using cyanide, continues with site its management works, despite a recent court sentence forbidding this.
Romania, Bucharest: 2016, September 29, 30
The European Union is one of the biggest importers of raw materials in the world. Its resource consumption is far above a sustainable level on a global scale. Products “Made in the EU” like cars, electronics or chemicals contain raw materials often coming from countries in the Global South. In many countries we observe human, social and labour rights violation and a degradation of the environment. Some of these countries are not able or willing to secure the rights of their citizens and defend them against corporate interests. The local communities often do not benefit from the raw material extraction and bear all the social and environmental costs.
In March this year TNS CSOP surveyed the Romanians' attitude towards the use of cyanide in mining. The survey indicates that 66% of respondents want the Romanian Parliament to ban the use of cyanide in mining. This percentage grows to 85% in the Center region, in the close vicinity of the gold deposits envisaged to be mined in the near future.
<em>22 October 2015</em> – Mining Watch Romania Network launches the media project "Resource Grabbers" <a href="http://miningwatch.ro/harti/certej.html" target="_blank">with a first interactive map on resource grabbing at Certej by the mining company Eldorado Gold</a> (TSX:ELD) through its subsidiaries Deva Gold SA and European Goldfields SRL.