Bor - Mine engine of Serbia's economic developmentSource: Tanjug
BOR - Ministers Zorana Mihajlovic and Milan Bacevic said on Monday that the RTB Bor is the engine driving the development of the Serbian economy.
The Bor mine celebrated the miners' holiday, the company's 110th anniversary and 160 years since the start of mining in Serbia in Brestovacka Banja near Bor, eastern Serbia.
At the ceremony, Mihajlovic said a new copper smelting facility and a sulfuric acid plant at RTB Bor will be finished next year, adding she will oversee the construction herself. This will help reduce pollution in the area, she noted.
She said that RTB Bor has shown in the past few years that it can be a successful and efficient company.
The minister visited miners working in the "Jama" underground exploitation mine.
Bacevic wished a happy Miners' Day to all miners and stressed that Bor was the main pillar of the future development of Serbia's economy.
Bor has developed into a beautiful town, a museum of mining, he said.
UN Resident Representative in Serbia William Infante, Australia's Ambassador to Serbia Helena Studdert and officials from Canadian and Finnish embassies were at the celebration.
The transformation of RTB Bor in the past 3-4 years has been a success, Infante stated, adding that the company was doing well and brought about a mining renaissance in Serbia.
Mihajlovic and Bacevic presented the best engineers with an award bearing the name of the Bor mine's first director, Franjo Siftek.
The Chamber of Commerce awarded RTB Bor General Director Blagoje Spaskovski for his results and improvements to the economy.
RTB Bor has produced 5 million tons of copper, 160 tons of gold and around 1,000 tons of silver in the past 110 years, Spaskovski said in his acceptance speech.
RTB Bor has done a lot in the past four years to get new equipment and hire another 1,063 people, he noted, adding that the average pay in the company was RSD 71,000 (EUR 1 = RSD 113.6).
LAZAREVAC - Serbia's Minister of Natural Resources, Mining and Spatial Planning Milan Bacevic said on Tuesday a stable production of coal in the mining basin Kolubara was important for Serbia's economic development and improvement to the social status of the employees in the mining industry.
He visited the Kolubara mining basin to mark Miners' Day and met with its managers, union officials and local government officials.
Mining is one of the engines of the recovery of the Serbian economy, and Lazarevac and Kolubara are a development opportunity for Serbia, he said, according to his ministry.
Head of Kolubara Milorad Grcic said the miners cared for respect and adequate pay throughout the year more than any celebration.
The participants of the meeting discussed development projects in that mining basin, while Bacevic said the large investment potential of the Kolubara and Kostolac coal basins would be realized with significant support from the government.