(Reuters) – A special Romanian parliament order is set to reject a preliminary account that would permit Canada’s Gabriel Resources Ltd to set up Europe’s large-scale open-cast gold mine in the Carpathians, the council speaker said on Monday.
Gabriel has been waiting 14 years for approval to use cyanide to mine 314 tonnes of gold and 1,500 tonnes of silver in the village of Rosia Montana. The state furthermore retains a minority stake in the mine.
Earlier this year, the government of Prime Minister Victor Ponta suggested an account to speed up the task by setting firm deadlines for the acceptance process.
The account, which triggered countrywide protests against the mine, prompted parliament to set up a charge to consider the bill. It is expected to document its report on Monday.
“The present government account will be rejected,” said Crin Antonescu, council speaker and the head of the liberal party, a constituent of the ruling coalition.