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România Liberâ - Romania | Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Private company influences Romanian mayors

Twenty-eight mayors in the Romanian district of Alba have called in a memorandum for the resumption of gold mining, which was stopped after an environmental disaster in 2000. A local referendum held on the issue in December came to nothing. Mircea Kivu writes in the daily România Liberă that local politicians have been influenced by the Canadian firm RMGC:"These men can voice their private opinions when they're no longer mayors. But their current functions oblige them to represent all members of their communities, even for example the organisation 'Alburnus Maior', which opposes gold mining by the company RMGC. ... When I heard about the referendum two months ago, I assumed that a PR campaign for the gold company was being started up with tax money. Because questions concerning the mining of raw materials are not decided in local referendums, as they are of national interest. This memorandum, which completely ignores the referendum defeat, shows once again how the district council puts the interests of a private company above its own."

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