MEP Sarbu, EU officials discuss banning cyanide use in mining

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Romanian MEP Daciana Sarbu (ESP/PSD) and officials of the European Union Presidency, currently held by Sweden, on Tuesday discussed the possibility of banning the use of cyanides in mining.

The issue was tackled at the first meeting of the ENVI Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety of the European Parliament where a hearing of Swedish Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren and Swedish Agriculture Minister Eskil Erldsson was also held.

In a press release issued on Tuesday, Sarbu is reported to have urged more support from the European Union for agriculturists who follow the standards of green farming.

Minister Carlgren is said to have presented the cancellation of the use of dangerous substances as a priority of the Swedish presidency of the European Union and able to be implemented by amending national legislations to accommodate it.

Sarbu, a member on the ENVI, voiced firm support for this measure, arguing that it is an important premise for banning the use of cyanides in mining which immediate effect could be a halt on the controversial Rosia Montana gold mining project in Romania, deemed by some as highly noxious to the people and the environment.

Sarbu also asked for more support from the European Union for agricultural producers who follows the standards of green farming.

She mentioned that she announced all way back to the beginning of her tenure that she will take all the necessary steps to promote specific Romanian products obtained through means that comply with the norms of green farming and secure this way an added chance for Romanian producers on the European agricultural market.

The ENVI meeting is also reported to have stated the need for a strategy on the Black Sea in terms of protecting its biodiversity, with Sarbu arguing that Romania should be a more active participant in discussions regarding this issue.

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