Council of State rejects residents’ appeal against Skouries gold mine

The fifth section of the Council of State on Wednesday rejected a joint appeal by 264 residents of Halkidiki, in northern Greece, against a controversial gold mining project in the area of Skouries.

The court found that their appeal, which had underlined concerns about the environmental repercussions of the project, was “groundless and unacceptable.”

The activities of the Canadian-owned Hellas Gold in the area has fuelled vehement protests by local residents and environmental activists.

They have staged frequent protests against the gold mine, which they argue will destroy adjacent forestland.