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Canadian ambassador: The mining industry could be a solution for Romania


The decision to launch mining projects should be taken at the appropriate time, following an equitable process, Canada's Ambassador to Romania Philippe Beaulne said on Thursday during a visit to Alba (north-west of Bucharest), with Canadian company Gabriel Resources being one of the shareholders at Rosia Montana Gold Corporation, the investor in the Rosia Montana gold mining project.

The Canadian ambassador met with Alba Iulia Mayor Mircea Hava to discuss about the city's economic prospects and the issue of mining in the region as well. The talks mainly focused on the current situation of the Rosia Montana gold mining project, according to a release of the Alba Iulia City Hall.

Philippe Beaulne said the mining industry could be a solution for Romania, in the light of the fact that the human resource involved in this sector in Canada exceeds 300,000 workers and generates revenues of 36 billion dollars a year.

'Mining can be performed in a correct manner, in compliance with the law. We were disappointed with the procedures held at CupruMin, over the last two days (of the negotiations for the company's privatization) things went off the track inexplicably. We hope for more favourable circumstances next time,' said Beaulne, according to a release of the Alba Iulia City Hall.

The Canadian diplomat said that Romania is an interesting country both in terms of geology and as regards its history in the mining sector.

'Romania had a long tradition in the mining sector and nothing prevents it from carrying it on,' he also said.

The chief of the Canadian diplomatic mission on Thursday attended the conference entitled Corporate Social Responsibility on Natural Resource Exploitation and Sustainable Development, held at the Apor Palace and organized by Canada's Embassy and the Dec. 1, 1918 Alba Iulia University. The event was attended by county and local authorities, university staff, Orthodox Archbishop of Alba Iulia Irineu. Philippe Beaulne visited the county of Alba, Rosia Montana and Alba Iulia also in April 2010, when he said that he hoped that 'the procedures still necessary for making a final decision on the Rosia Montana mining project would be followed at the appropriate time, with no delays.'