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Simona Fodor
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Simona joined the Romania Insider team in 2015, first working on our travel guide in English and, later, writing features and interviews for Romania-insider.com. She holds a BA in Romanian and English and an MA in American Studies from the University of Bucharest and started her journalism career in 2003.  Simona divides her time between her hometown Ploiești and Bucharest. While in Ploiești, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with the family dog. Going through an ever-expanding reading list and traveling, now replaced by travel literature and documentaries, are some of her favorite activities. You can get in touch with her for stories about arts, culture, and travel: simona@romania-insider.com 

 

Romania’s Roșia Montană mining landscape added to UNESCO’s world heritage list

The historic site of Roșia Montană, a gold mining site dating back to the period of the Roman Empire, was included on UNESCO’s world heritage list.

The site was also added to the list of world heritage in danger.

In September 2016, Roşia Montană was included on the tentative list of sites to be considered for the UNESCO World Heritage inscription. Two years later, the World Heritage Committee decided to defer the inclusion of the Roșia Montană mining site in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The decision came as Romania’s Government requested “the deferral, not the withdrawal of the file” until the lawsuit the country had with the Canadian mining company Gabriel Resources was settled.

In 1999, the Canadian company won a license to exploit the mining site at Roșia Montană. The Romanian state blocked the gold mining project following massive street protests, and the company took the case at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington. It asked for damages of USD 4.4 billion for the blocking of the mining project.

At the beginning of last year, culture ministry Bogdan Gheorghiu announced the Government was planning to restart the process of including Roşia Montană in the UNESCO heritage. 

Rosia Montana gold mining project in the spotlight before UNESCO decision

(Photo: Radu Salcudean/ courtesy of Institutul Național al Patrimoniului)

simona@romania-insider.com

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Simona Fodor
Senior Editor

Simona joined the Romania Insider team in 2015, first working on our travel guide in English and, later, writing features and interviews for Romania-insider.com. She holds a BA in Romanian and English and an MA in American Studies from the University of Bucharest and started her journalism career in 2003.  Simona divides her time between her hometown Ploiești and Bucharest. While in Ploiești, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with the family dog. Going through an ever-expanding reading list and traveling, now replaced by travel literature and documentaries, are some of her favorite activities. You can get in touch with her for stories about arts, culture, and travel: simona@romania-insider.com 

 

Romania’s Roșia Montană mining landscape added to UNESCO’s world heritage list

The historic site of Roșia Montană, a gold mining site dating back to the period of the Roman Empire, was included on UNESCO’s world heritage list.

The site was also added to the list of world heritage in danger.

In September 2016, Roşia Montană was included on the tentative list of sites to be considered for the UNESCO World Heritage inscription. Two years later, the World Heritage Committee decided to defer the inclusion of the Roșia Montană mining site in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The decision came as Romania’s Government requested “the deferral, not the withdrawal of the file” until the lawsuit the country had with the Canadian mining company Gabriel Resources was settled.

In 1999, the Canadian company won a license to exploit the mining site at Roșia Montană. The Romanian state blocked the gold mining project following massive street protests, and the company took the case at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington. It asked for damages of USD 4.4 billion for the blocking of the mining project.

At the beginning of last year, culture ministry Bogdan Gheorghiu announced the Government was planning to restart the process of including Roşia Montană in the UNESCO heritage. 

Rosia Montana gold mining project in the spotlight before UNESCO decision

(Photo: Radu Salcudean/ courtesy of Institutul Național al Patrimoniului)

simona@romania-insider.com

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