Hellas Gold, the company managing the Halkidiki mines where work has been suspended, urged the government to enter a dialogue after it described Energy Minister Panos Skourletis’s criticism of the firm’s activities as “lacking truth and scientific accuracy.”

Skourletis, who has suspended the technical studies for one of the mines, claimed on Tuesday that the firm shipped “highly toxic” metals from Thessaloniki to China when they should have been transported from a specially constructed harbor in Stratoni.

Hellas Gold denied this was the case and called for talks over what it described as “vitally important” investment for Greece.

Miners who have been suspended from work until the affair has been settled staged protests Tuedsay in the tunnels leading to the mines where they worked.

BUSINESS 25.08.2015 : 22:50   http://www.ekathimerini.com/