rosia montana gold corporation
For centuries, mining has been the backbone of Romanian life - a large proportion of the country has relied on this tradition as a vital source of income and employment since Roman times. It is therefore no surprise to hear that today almost two in every three Romanians are in favour of mining.
Romania's mining tradition dates back over 2,000 years to Roman times and has been the backbone of many of its communities ever since. There can be no doubt that our country's history and archaeology deserves both recognition and preservation.
Last month the Romanian government's Joint Special Commission issued its report on the Rosia Montana gold and silver mine. The 90-page report summarised the findings of two months of debate, hearings, and submissions for a project that has generated some controversy and a great deal of interest in our country.
The arguments supporting the project which are used by the Canadian mining company, Gabriel Resources and borrowed by many Romanian politicians... seem reasonable at first glance. Well, that is until you put them in context and realise the paradoxes lying behind them. Let's take them one by one...
Rosia Montana is an ancient Romanian village sitting on Europe's largest gold deposit: 315 tonnes of a metal that currently
Romania's National Council for Audio Visual (CNA), whose job it is to ensure that TV and radio stations operate in an environment
What propels Romania into the category of 'World's First Dystopia' is the massive cyanide mining project that could turn Transylvania, one of the most beautiful and pristine parts of Europe, into a dystopic wasteland. It is also a case study in how corporate PR and marketing can convince a population that the destruction of their ecosystem is in their own interest.