19. November 2013 - The Senate rejected today the bill on Rosia Montana, as passed by the Government, informs the Romanian press agency Mediafax. The Senate adopted its rejection by 119 votes to 3 with six abstentions, voting the Report submitted by the Rosia Montana special parliamentary commission. The Senate is the first hearing room, the Chamber of Deputies being the decisional Chamber.
‘This moment is extraordinary but also emblematic for our society, when civic vigilance forced feudalistic interests of the political class to realign and to face their inability to approve an illegal and destructive mining project. The prime-minister Ponta insists in promoting this catastrophic project for Romania, now talking about a new law that would create a general framework for mining activities in Romania. Such validation of the use of cyanide now endangers other communities such as Certej or Baia Mare. A new legal framework for cyanide mining in Romania is a new strategy to foster the interests of mining companies and to overcome the present legal barriers posed by norms in the field of private property protection, environmental protection or the regime of archeological heritage’, declared Eugen David.