Greece Will OK Gold Mine Project

Greece Will OK Gold Mine Project

Gold-Mine-300x199Greece will soon give approval for the go-ahead of a gold mine project that has split residents in the region of northern Greece where it will be dug, pitting environmentalists against those who want the jobs the 230 million euros ($303.3 million) project will bring.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the government is keen on attracting more foreign investors and has given the green light. The Canadian company Eldorado Gold has been pushing to proceed although resistance has been strong and the offices on site near the town of Skouries were burned by arsonists earlier this month.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is also reportedly eager to dispel any sense that Greece doesn’t want investors and accelerated the permit process to quell further opposition.

The Thace project, which has been awaiting approval for months, is one of a complex of four gold and other mines that Eldorado has acquired in Greece over the past four years. The company has committed to invest another $1 billion over the next four years.

The Skouries gold and copper mine, which is on the Halkidiki peninsula in one of northern Greece’s most densely forested areas and a major tourist destination, has been at the center of controversy for some two decades. Many local residents oppose the new open-pit mine, saying it will destroy the environment and harm the area’s tourism potential.

To reassure company officials who visited Athens this week, the Greek government has promised to address security issues at the mine and, at the same time, cut through the red tape that has stalled approval for Eldorado’s planned investment in Thrace, the Journal reported.

“This kind of act cannot be tolerated. Greece is a modern European country, and we will at all costs protect foreign investment in the country,” Samaras said. “This is an investment that we very much want, and the whole procedure for the final approval will be finished within the next 10 days.”

With Greece in the sixth year of a recession and austerity measures creating a record 27 percent unemployment, the government is looking to create more jobs.

Combined, Eldorado’s four projects will provide some 2,000 jobs. The company aims to turn Greece into the largest gold producer in Europe. When all the mines are in full operation, the company estimates they will boost Greece’s exports by 1 billion euros ($1.32 billion)a year.

Eldorado’s Chief Executive Paul Wright said he was glad the government acted so quickly in the face of the arson. “The nature of that attack was significant; it was basically an act of terror, and we don’t engage in countries where there is terrorism,” he said. “We came to satisfy ourselves that the situation would be dealt with in a satisfactory manner, and we have now received those assurances.”

  • Mekima Kaityri

    Please quote me where I claim to be, as you say, left wing?

  • Mekima Kaityri

    Really, why so?
    I think you are simply running low on sensible arguments.

  • Mekima Kaityri

    I don’t sound Greek huh. Please explain? 
    I know my English might be better than your American, but my Greek is even better.

  • Alex

     There are Skopians with Greek citizenship. Plenty to be found around Florina region that speak Greek just like you.

  • Alex

    You seem to be trying to muddle geography with ethnicity.

    You didn’t actually answer my question. Where are your families ethnic roots from?

  • Alex

     You cleaned elsewhere you would be ok if the ecommmunists one. You constantly argue leftists positions.

  • Alex

     You constantly evade critizing Skopians on this website
    just like
    “Alex Prime Minister”.

  • Alex Prime Minister of Greece

     Start your investigation there…..Alex what do you think of the show ΡΑΔΙΟ ΑΡΒΥΛΑ? 

  • Alex

     Results are in.

    Skopian or really stupid Greek that argues agaoisnt his own intereests.

  • Alex Prime Minister of Greece

    If you are actually watching TV right now….Polls show that 60% of all Greeks don’t think the government is doing a good job, only 25% think they are doing a good job, and the rest don’t say anything positive or negative…..

  • Alex Prime Minister of Greece

     Put it on Alpha so you can watch it as well Alex….:)

  • Mekima Kaityri

    Well, as applies to yourself, very hard to prove Greek identity on an anonymous internet forum. Perhaps writing in fluent Greek might account for something?
    And don’t come back with your dodgy google translator or whatever you use.

  • Alex

     I can speak english fluently. This does  not make me english dear.

    You didn’t answer my question. Where are you families ethnic roots from? Are you evading the question?

  • Alex Prime Minister of Greece

     You have been asked the same question over 1000 times you ugly midget…..