Euromax Resources Ltd, Vancouver, December 17, 2019 – (TSX: EOX): (“Euromax” or the “Company“) has today seen publication of the outcome of yesterday’s 171st Government Session, and statements surrounding it. From this we understand that the Government of North Macedonia has made a decision to unilaterally terminate the concession agreement for the Ilovica 6 mining area.
This is a political decision that completely contradicts recent official public statements made by the Government – as recently as in the last few days – that they would wait for the Administrative Court to rule on the matter. That the matter can be decided on by the administration whilst it is being considered by the judiciary seriously questions the Rule of Law in North Macedonia. On 1st October Euromax Resources stated that the option of International Arbitration remained open and will be pursued as appropriate. We can now confirm that Euromax has appointed renowned and prestigious international law firm LANSKY, GANZGER & Partner to prepare for that outcome. In addition to our strong legal position within North Macedonia, we are reassured that Euromax has a strong case for international investor protection, and the Government of North Macedonia should be certain that the company is ready to exhaust all domestic and international legal remedies.
Commenting, Varshan Gokool, CEO of Euromax Resources said:
“This is deeply disappointing. As the largest foreign direct investment partner in North Macedonia the company currently has been treated more than shabbily under this Government. In the last five years we have invested millions of euros in the country preparing to build the project. Earlier this year the European Commission raised concerns about the Rule of Law in North Macedonia. It is clear that the difficulty we are having is evidence of that, and it is no surprise that international partners are concerned about what is going on in Skopje. This will send a chill down the spine of anyone who is seriously thinking about investing in the country. Whilst there is a legal remedy to all this – and we are very strong in our legal position – this path only results in needless delay and inaction, preventing us from delivering much needed jobs and investment. We have been working with the local community for a number of years. Sadly, it is they who lose out most by this Government decision.”
Commenting, Dr. Gabriel Lansky, Managing Partner of LANSKY, GANZGER & Partner said:
“We are convinced that Euromax has a very strong case. Therefore, we are instructed and ready to exhaust all existing domestic and international legal remedies.”
The decision concerns the Company’s Ilovica 6 concession and the Ilovica 11 concession remains unaffected.
About Euromax Resources Ltd.
Euromax has a major development project in North Macedonia and is focused on building and operating the Ilovica-Shtuka copper-gold project. It is the largest mining project in the country and the biggest greenfield development in the Balkans for many years.
About LANSKY, GANZGER & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH
With more than 100 employees and lawyers from more than 20 countries, Lansky, Ganzger + partner (LGP) ranks among the biggest corporate law firms in Austria and Slovakia. The firm, with offices in Vienna (Austria), Bratislava (Slovakia), Nur-Sultan (Astana, Kazakhstan) and Skopje (North Macedonia), has many years of in-depth experience.
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