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Roşia Montană loses UNESCO nomination to pay for corruption over gold mine

Oscacar Ivascu

The minister's action is unprecedented and there exists no procedure for delaying a vote by the World Heritage Committee. What makes the matter even worse is that ICOMOS - an UNESCO expert advisory body - recommended Roşia Montană’s immediate inclusion on the World Heritage in Danger List, insisting that the site is vulnerable and requires urgent protection measures.

Take Rosia Montana back to the streets! UNESCO file stopped by Romanian government

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In an unprecedented move, Romania’s government has stopped the procedure of making Roşia Montană a UNESCO World Heritage site. According to news released today, the request was submitted by the Ministry of Culture and sent to the Romanian Ambassador to UNESCO through the Foreign Ministry. The nomination procedure was halted by the government without any public announcement; without any debate.

Rosia Montana International Arbitration: open letter to the Romanian prime-minister

Her Excellency Vasilica-Viorica Dăncilă
Prime Minister of Romania

Your excellency,

The undersigned organizations would like to draw your attention to the current status of the international arbitration case no. ARB/15/31 initiated by Gabriel Resources as well as to the repercussions this status might have on defence mechanisms available to the nongovernmental organizations acting as prospective Amici. We call upon you to ensure as Party to the case a transparent and open process without further delays. 

Romanian Government brings back the national expropriation law

"The Romanian Government and the mining industry do not give up the national expropriation law. A new draft bill was proposed, which is beneficial to Roșia Montană Gold Corporation, Deva Gold or Samax Romania alike. Organisations were excluded from the inter-ministerial work group during the new bill drafting process, so as not to interfere with the deals between Romanian officials and industry representatives", said Roxana Pencea Brădățan of Mining Watch Romania.

Tudose, we won’t give up Roșia Montană!

Roşia Montană / Romania, 30 August 2017 - The Save Rosia Montana! campaign urges Romania’s Prime Minister Tudose to prevent Rosia Montana from being destroyed in agreeing to a compromise of the arbitration case with Gabriel Resources, the Canadian mining company wanting to develop Europe’s largest open-cast mine at Rosia Montana. A compromise between the two parties to the dispute would be lawful for Romania and would likely lead to the withdrawal of the ongoing UNESCO nomination procedure for Rosia Montana as well as the granting of the permit for the mine.

Gabriel: you can always ask but it doesn’t mean we will let you get it!

Rosia Montana/Romania, 30.June 2017 - With Gabriel Resources seeking US$4.4 billion in damages, Alburnus Maior, a prospective amicus curiae in the arbitration case, announces that it aims to file its brief to the ICSID Tribunal until September 2018 at the latest. It will detail compelling concerns and information overlooked by the parties to the case. 

Report: Gold-digging with investor-state lawsuits

Canadian mining company Gabriel Resources is using an investor-state lawsuit to push through its illegal toxic gold and silver mine in the historical Romanian village of Roşia Montană. The project has faced strong community resistance and is on hold after Romanian courts found that Gabriel had illegally obtained several permits required to operate the mine. Other permits have never been issued as the company failed to submit all necessary data.

Romania's government agrees to a complete lack of transparency in the Rosia Montana arbitration case

6. October 2016 - Alburnus Maior is a non-governmental organisation based in Rosia Montana. It represents the interests of property owners opposing Europe's largest open-pit gold mine proposed by Canadian Gabriel Resources (TSX:GBU) and Romania's government in a joint venture called Rosia Montana Gold Corporation (RMGC).

The Romanian Ministry of Environment says YES to banning cyanide based mining

21. April 2016 - The informed opinion of the ministry of environment will underlie the point of view of Cioloş Government for banning cyanide in mining in our country. This point of view was requested by the Parliament from the Government as early as December. The delay in formulating an opinion entailed the blocking of the Parliament's decision-making process.

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