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1 Mar 2018

CIEL, Client Earth, ECCHR

Coalition of NGOs publish open letter urging Romanian govt. to ask for full transparency of the proceedings

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The undersigned organizations [...] request the Romanian Government to take all steps and use all procedural means at its disposal to ensure the procedures in the case are in full line with the timeframes and transparency principles set out under the relevant international agreements...

[S]ignificant delays in the procedure have already occurred, leading to the fact that to date the tribunal has not yet published a public version of the claimant’s memorial filed on 30, June 2017...

In addition to these problematic events, on 8 February 2018 the President of the Tribunal, Ms. Teresa Cheng tendered her resignation. This has led to the suspension of proceedings, which was notified to the parties by the Secretary-General of ICSID...

Following the constitution of the new Tribunal, we request the Romanian Government to plead for full transparency of the process and to use all procedural means at its disposal in order for the Tribunal to reject any appeal against the publication of the memorial thereby proceeding with the release of its non-confidential version as soon as possible. It is only through these interventions that the Romanian population, as well as, prospective amici will have the opportunity to closely follow the developments in this case, which is of high relevance to them and to the future of Rosia Montana.