Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Statement of the KKE regarding the "dispute" between SYRIZA government and Eldorado Gold

Regarding the "dispute" between the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government and the canadian miner giant Eldorado Gold about the company's investment in northern Greece, the Press Office of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece issued the following comment:

"Once more, we are facing the danger of unemployment which is hanging over the workers, proving through this tragic way that neither the workers' rights nor the environment's protection can be permanently safeguarded, through investments by business corporations which the only thing they seek is their biggest possible profitability. 

For that reason, both the workers as well as the region's inhabitants must not participate to the bazaars between the government and the multinational company, to business conflicts in the region and to the political confrontation about which party serves better the interests of the investors.

Especially the case of Eldorado Gold has to do with the exploitation of a precious, non-renewable mineral such as gold.

The socialization of the country's mineral wealth consists the basic prerequisite for its utilization having as a criterion the interests of the workers and the protection of the environment."

Source: / Translation: In Defense of Communism.

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Eldorado Gold to suspend all investment activities in Greece.

The Canadian mining company Eldorado Gold announced on Monday that it is suspending all investment activities in Greece, including the operation of its mines in Skouries, Olympiada and Stratoni, development works and its research projects in Greece. 

"Despite continuous efforts made by Eldorado and its subsidiary Hellas Gold to cooperate constructively with the Greek government, the environment and energy ministry and other state services, there are ongoing delays in the issue of routine licences for the construction and development works at Skouries and Olympiada in Halkidiki," said Eldorado's announcement.

The company said that it will re-evaluate its investment options in Greece after the approval and issue of the required licences, in cooperation with a supportive government that is open to discussion on the use and implementation of the best available technologies. 

Source: ANA-MPA, 11 Sept. 2017.