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MEPs ask PM Ungureanu to urgently block Rosia Montana mining project

Several MEPs ask PM Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu to urgently block the cyanide mining project of Rosia Montana (west) and suspend the approval process till a commission of truly independent experts, far from the influence of the companies directly keen on the start of the project, is to give an opinion.
'The truth, the national interest and the sustainable development of the area must be the only principles that should matter when a decision on Rosia Montana is made. At the moment, we are quite far from meeting the terms and you owe the Romanians to get this fiercely harmful process ceased,' reads the open letter the MEPs sent to the head of the Romanian Government, on Thursday.

In the signatories opinion a truly independent and objective working group is badly needed to thoroughly analyze the project in its full complexity. The group must take into account the opinions of the Romanian scientists who repeatedly expressed their legitimate worries. Likewise, they have also to consider the similar European projects, so that the Rosia Montana project should meet the essential conditions when it comes to finding the best technical solutions, the benefits of the Romanian State, but also to reduce the emissions harmful to the environment.

The cyanide mining project of Rosia Montana poses many problems such as he environment protection, the requirement to use the resources to the nation's benefit, the political corruption, and the fact that private companies sponsor politicians holding high public posts, said the MEPs, adding that the dispute on the project started by Roşia Montana Gold Corporation (RMGC) got different dimensions after President Traian Basescu expressed his support to the project, and after the ad campaign on it got ever invasive

The letter is signed by six MEPs, namely Marita Ulvskog (Sweden), Daciana Sarbu, Ines Ayala Sender (Spain), Victor Bostinaru, Gerald Hafner (Germany), Renate Weber, Agerpres informs.

'We have sent an open letter, because the previous Government turned a blind eye and kept deaf to all our moves so far, no matter if it dealt the Romanian Academy, the Academy of Economic Science, Bucharest, the Babes Bolyai University or other remarkable scientists.