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Referendum against gold mining, Trun, Bulgaria

The people from Trun rejected gold mining by Euromax in a referendum on 11 June 2017: 1935 voted against, 125 in favor, with a participation close to 60 percent.


In a local referendum on June 11, 2017, in the western Bulgarian town of Trun  (or Tran) voters rejected with an overwhelming majority plans for gold mining in the area. Tran is a small town in Pernik Province, western Bulgaria. Over 400 people, including representatives of tourist companies and residents were publicly against the investment to develop a gold mine in the region.[3].  Eruomax, a Canadin company, seeked to build open and closed mines, an enrichment plant and two ponds. In the region, the presence of uranium ore has been proved, meaning the project presents a threat to the environment and the people near Trun.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Referendum against gold mining, Trun, Bulgaria
(municipality or city/town)Trun
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict: 1st level:Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of conflict: 2nd level :Mineral ore exploration
Specific commodities:Gold
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

Euromax is a Canadian exploration and development company with three gold and base metal assets in Macedonia, Bulgaria and Serbia, focused on identifying, acquiring and developing mineral resources in South Eastern Europe with the objective of becoming a world-class mining company in the region. In 2011 it announced that it would mine 100 tons of gold from Tran, Bulgaria.

Level of Investment:57,000,000
Start of the conflict:2011
Company names or state enterprises:Euromax from Canada
Relevant government actors:Supreme Administrative Court

Town council of Trun
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Bulgarian Association of Alternative Tourism
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Neighbours/citizens/communities
Recreational users
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Referendum other local consultations
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Soil contamination, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Mine tailing spills
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Violations of human rights, Land dispossession
Project StatusStopped
Conflict outcome / response:Project cancelled
Local referendum
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Yes
Briefly explain:By June 2017, the company Euromax announced is was quitting the project, without waiting for a Supreme Administrative Court ruling on the legality of the referendum in the town of Trun held on 11 June.
Sources and Materials
Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

[1]Bulgarian town backs gold mining ban in referendum (SeeNews: Business intelligence for South Eastern Europe), 12 June 2017
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[3]Mountain Climbers Join Campaign For Local Nature-Protection Referendum, Novinite news, March 13, 2017
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[2] Investor quits Bulgarian town of Trun after referendum vote against gold mining, says investment environment not bright Written by The Sofia Globe staff on June 15 2017.
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

The news in "Yes to Life, No to Mining" on the referendum of 11 June 2017 in Trun, Bulgaria
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BNR news, 12 june 2017
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Other documents

Trun referendum, The Sofia Globe
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Last update19/06/2017