Today Members of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies chose not to support a proposed amendment to the country's mining law that would have enabled big companies to evict local residents from their home in areas that they want to mine, should ‘national interest’ require such measures.
The Parliamentary session saw the National Liberal Party walk out of the vote. As such the amendment, which only appeared on the Parliamentary agenda this morning, didn’t receive the required majority. The European Greens and Romanian Greens have welcomed the result.
The controversial proposal would have reinstated some of the most criticised points in the earlier “Rosia Montana Law,” an initiative that was rejected as a result of ongoing nationwide protests that began in September.
Commenting on the outcome, EGP Co-Chair Reinhard Bütikofer said:
“We warmly welcome this result. People cannot be forced to leave their homes for the sake of big companies’ profit, especially when it results in hazardous industrial techniques such as cyanide mining that will affect an area for generations to come.
"The European Greens firmly support local communities who are standing up for their rights and work to protect their local environment against blatant profiteering. We also support demonstrators throughout the country, who have given a strong message to the Romanian government that this sort of cynical lawmaking is not acceptable.
"We advise to lawmakers to listen to polls clearly stating that that Romanians don’t want their national resources exploited and destroyed for economic gain. Let’s hopethat the Romanian government gives up the dangerous mining plans of Rosia Montana and will not try and recycle this awful legislation for a third time."