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Culture minister: UNESCO to discuss Rosia Montana case on July 25

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Bogdan Gheorghiu, the minister of culture, declared on Monday that Rosia Montana case would be discussed by UNESCO on July 25 and that he would plead for the “the good of patrimony”, but mentioned he would receive a mandate from the government to present Romania's stand.

 

He explained that regardless of being included or not in UNESCO patrimony, the area is protected by the law of Romanian national patrimony. At the same time, Bogdan Gheorghiu said that environment approval is needed for the mining exploitation from Rosia Montana.

 

When the list of historic monuments was updated as of 1990, Rosia Montana remained there. This area is already protected by the law of Romanian national patrimony. The initiation of the procedure for the inclusion in UNESCO world patrimony supposes its being included in the national patrimony of the country.

Therefore now it is already protected by Romanian law and its being included or not in UNESCO patrimony will not change its juridical status,” Gheorghiu said.

 

74 government organizations requested premier Florin Citu, the minister of culture Bogdan Gheorghiu and the president of the Chamber of Deputies Ludovic Orban not to block the candidacy of Rosia Montana to UNESCO in July 2021.

 

According to the initiators, this action was in the context in which people talked about the fact that the government was considering a possible delay or withdrawal of the nomination file.

 

In September 2016, in Paris, Rosia Montana site was included on the indicative UNESCO list, a first step to the shorter list of UNESCO patrimony. Two years later, the World Patrimony Committee decided to postpone the inclusion of Rosia Montana in UNESCO Patrimony, upon the request of Dancila Government.

 

Early last year, Bogdan Gheorghiu, the minister of culture, announced that the executive had decided to resume the procedure of including Rosia Montana in UNESCO patrimony, and sent a notification on January 31, 2020.

 

Gabriel Resources company obtained in 1999 an exploitation license for Rosia Montana gold mine project in which the Canadian company holds 80.69% and Minvest Deva mining company only 19.31%. The Canadian company announced, on June 30, 2017, that it would sue Romania at a World Bank Court because they registered losses of 4.4 billion dollars because the Bucharest government decided not to approve the exploitation of the mine following street protests. Two years later, in February, the International arbitrage court of the World Bank – ICSID, partially admitted the Romanians' arguments in opposition with the golf exploitation project at Rosia Montana, following a petition made by several environment organizations in October 2018, Greenpeace CEE Romania announced in a press release.

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