31.4 C
Supported byspot_img

Bulgaria local community rejects Euromax gold mine

Member of Europium Groupspot_img
Supported byspot_img

Voters in Sunday’s local referendum in the western Bulgarian town of Trun rejected with an overwhelming majority plans for gold mining in the area, election commission final data showed.

As many as 93% of people who went to the polls voted against the town council approving development plans for mining and processing of mineral resources on its territory, the referendum results posted on the commission’s website showed.

Voter turnout was 59.7%, making the referendum outcome binding.

Supported by

Last year, a project for gold and silver mining in Trun area, including on the site of a closed uranium mine, prompted protests by local people who fear the project poses a threat to the environment and their health.

The investor, Euromax Services – an indirect subsidiary of Bulgarian copper mining company Asarel-Medet – plans to mine for gold in a 19 sq km area.

Euromax Services plans to invest over 100 million levs ($57.3 million/51.1 million euro) in the project, local newspaper Capital Daily said at the time.

In February, Bulgarian president Rumen Radev vetoed a bill introducing questionable changes to the concession law which drew fire from environmentalists.

The parliament passed the legislation with a slim majority just days before Radev dissolved it and called an early general election. The legislation provides for abolishing the maximum 35-year term of concession contracts and gives the right to open a concession procedure to individual government ministers as well as mayors.


Supported byElevatePR Digital

Related News

EU and Serbia forge strategic partnership for critical raw materials amid lithium mining reversal

Johanna Bernsel, the European Commission’s Spokesperson for the Internal Market, reiterated the EU's commitment to forging a strategic partnership with Serbia on critical raw...

Zinc of Ireland reveals significant germanium find at Kildare zinc-lead project

Zinc of Ireland is poised to capitalize on new opportunities following the discovery of 'elevated' levels of germanium at its Kildare zinc-lead project in...

EU nations form alliance to secure investments in critical raw materials

Jack Lifton, Co-Chair of the Critical Minerals Institute (CMI), pointed out a critical deficiency in government strategy, asserting, “The government lacks subject matter expertise...

Euromax Resources challenges North Macedonian concession merger decision in legal battle

Canada's Euromax Resources, known for its Ilovica copper mine project in North Macedonia, is embroiled in a legal dispute following the Administrative Court's dismissal...
Supported by
Supported by
Supported by
error: Content is protected !!