East Macedonia-Thrace region chief asks PM to block plans for gold mines

The head of the Eastern Macedonia-Thrace regional authority Aris Yiannakidis on Thursday announced that he had sent a letter to Prime Minister George Papandreou, asking him to prevent plans to allow a gold mine in Thrace using fast-track licencing processes.
According to Yiannakidis, allowing the gold mines would kill growth for the region, which was among the regions with the lowest growth in Greece, and the proposed investment was viewed as undesirable and harmful for the environment and its sustainability.

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