Few journals noticed the importance of the 2014 Raw Materials Conference held in Athens, Greece, in June; especially for
In the past years, there has been a massive movement against mining in general and against gold mining throughout the world
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.
A series of posts on this website have drawn readers' attention to the Roşia Montană mining project in Romania. The latest
It is not for me to suggest that Rosia Montana holds the only solution to Romania's problems; nor that it is the only project with the capacity to boost Romania's economy; nor that it will single-handedly solve the area's unemployment. However Rosia Montana is one possible solution to so many of these problems.
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...
Over the past week Romanian government officials, mining industry figures, and several other parties championing the planned
Rosia Montana is an ancient Romanian village sitting on Europe's largest gold deposit: 315 tonnes of a metal that currently