Swedish Government’s Natura 2000 decision on Gotland maintained by the Supreme Administrative Court

The Swedish Supreme Administrative Court has announced today that it will not repeal the government’s decision from 31 August 2015 to designate Nordkalk’s planned limestone quarry Bunge on Northern Gotland as a new Natura 2000 site.

– We are surprised by the court’s decision. Nordkalk has since earlier a decision on permission that has gained legal force in 2010. The Land and Environment Court granted Nordkalk a permit including conditions in 2014 and the permit process has continued for more than 11 years, says Hannu Hautala, Chief Executive Officer of Nordkalk Corporation.

– Since the Supreme Administrative Court did not find that the Natura 2000 decision would infringe upon Nordkalk’s right to a fair trial, Nordkalk will further analyze the judgement of the court in order to evaluate whether there is a possibility to bring this case to the European Court of Human Rights, concludes Hautala.

Nordkalk is now going to analyze today’s judgement thoroughly before the next steps are decided upon. What the effects are on the ongoing permit process in the Land and Environment Court of Appeal remains to be addressed later.

Further information:

Hannu Hautala
CEO Nordkalk Corporation
Phone: +358 20 753 7107, +358 40 712 2432

Eva Feldt
Communications Manager, Scandinavia
+46 (0)10-476 2664, +46 (0)739-20108

Nordkalk is the leading company providing limestone-based products and solutions in Northern Europe. We deliver essential raw material to numerous industries such as the pulp, paper, metals, mining, construction and chemicals industry. Our solutions contribute to clean air and water as well as the productivity of agricultural land. With production in more than 20 locations around the Baltic Sea and in Central Europe, we are always near our customers. The company employs 1000 people, and in 2016 it had a turnover of EUR 298 million. Nordkalk is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finnish Rettig Group.

Rettig Group is a Finnish family held investment company that creates value for generations through active and responsible ownership. Our holdings include Rettig ICC (indoor climate comfort), Nordkalk (limestone), Alandia (insurance), eQ (asset management and corporate finance) and Anchor (financial investments). Through these businesses Rettig Group is active in about 28 countries globally and employs over 4,000 people.