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Eldorado Gold to suspend operations at Skouries mine development project

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Eldorado Gold Corp. has decided it will halt development and investment into its Skouries development project. Dialogue has continued with Greece's Ministry of Energy and Environment (MoE) with respect to the development of the company's subsidiary Hellas Gold S.A.'s, Kassandra mine assets in Halkidiki, Northern Greece.

However, the MoE has failed to issue the amended electromechanical permit for the Skouries flotation plant as well as other matters including, but not limited to, the relocation of antiquities at the Skouries site.

The company has also initiated legal action within the statutory deadline in order to enforce and protect its legal rights. This legal action consists of three lawsuits, which have been filed with the Council of State (CoS), requesting judicial protection against the Ministry's failure to issue routine installation permits, resulting in unjustifiable delays to the development of the Skouries facilities. Furthermore, the company has filed with the CoS a petition for non-compliance of the Ministry with a previous decision granted by the CoS.

According to Eldorado Gold, the company will reassess its investment in the Skouries project upon approval and receipt of the required permits, coupled with a supportive government open to discussions regarding the use and implementation of best available technologies. 

Olympias Phase I progress on historical tailings cleanup continues and the ramp-up to commercial production at Olympias Phase II during the quarter demonstrate the company’s commitment to high environmental standards and long-term partnership with communities as well as its ability to construct and operate mines in Greece. Early indications from exploration drilling at Stratoni to extend the mine life are positive.

George Burns, Eldorado Gold's President and CEO stated: "Although we have made good progress on the Olympias mine, we require the necessary permits and government support prior to investing further in Skouries. As a consequence, we are now taking the necessary legal action to enforce the company's rights while continuing efforts to resolve outstanding matters through ongoing dialogue.”

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