Jucá denies conflict of interest in the project that daughter enjoys
Time magazine report demonstrates the commitment of Pedro Espada to approve new Mining Code, which would allow the company to exploit gold’s daughter on indigenous lands
by Fábio Góis 9/1/2012
Juca says that regulated exploitation of indigenous lands benefits the ore in Brazil-photo: Moreira Mariz/Ag. Senate
Senator Romero Jucá (PMDB-RR) denied that there is conflict of interests to defend, as one of the most influential senators, Bill of his own that, if approved, will allow exploitation of ores like gold in indigenous lands. The controversy lies in the fact that his daughter Marina Normand is a majority stake of the company Boa Vista mining, that in April of this year asked the Government permission to exploit gold nine lands that encompass indigenous areas.
For Jucá, it is an activity that will benefit not only for his family but for the entire Brazilian population. Saying no have nothing to do with the business of the daughter, who until recently was crowded in his Office, still resembles Jucá that, if there is risk to indigenous communities or to the environment, the activities of exploitation of the ore must be stopped and vetoed for any infringing companies. Jucá justified their intervention by claiming to be “the country’s interest that this subject be regulated”.
The application of Marina and company was made on April 2 to the National Department of Mineral production (DNPM), a month before Jucá climb to the pulpit of the Senate floor and ask the legalization, by means of regulations to be made later this year, ore exploitation on indigenous lands. It would not be the only speech of Senator in favor of the cause.
“There will be paying royalties to the Government and the indigenous population. Earn the right to mining that to pay more to the indigenous community. There will be a bid. There will be all the environmental care, care Funai “, anthropological Senator spoke on May 17, referring to indigenous Foundation chaired by him (1986-1988), after you have added international experience on the topic. “Vale registrar that, both in Australia as in Canada, indigenous communities grew. They had an important role in this process of the yield of the mining and evolved fairly through positions that generated economic activities for the indigenous community. “
In April 2, the same day that Marina asked permission to start its activities, there was, again, in tribuna Jucá of the plenary. It was a Monday session, when usually the deliberative environment is empty and is used for speeches with the most diverse purposes. Normand asked a new Brazilian mining Code, on what he considers a legislation delayed decades – the issue is regulated by Decree-Law 227/1967.
“It is crucial that the riches, which today are extracted from ore, having their modernized action, might have the condition to pay the Union, the States, the municipalities, and that the use of the ore can be resized in the sense that there is no strategic reserves, getting for years and years without holding on account exactly the interest of sectors to freeze the mineral exploration in certain areas”, stated Normand, who on occasion invited the Minister of mines and energy, Edison Lobão, State Directors and industry for a debate in the Committee on Economic Affairs.
“We have to expand mineral exploration of Brazil consistently, responsibly with the environment, but in a way that finance the development of the country within Brazil’s own interest. […] Rather than wait for the project to reach the Chamber of Deputies and, therefore, take longer to get to the Senate, want to anticipate the debate here in the Senate, exactly so that we have provided to influence and improve the proposal of the Executive “, amended the parliamentary of the PMDB, which received apart from support of bench colleague Ricardo Femmy (ES).
Then a member of the PFL (now DEM), Normand is the author of the Senate Bill 121/1995, submitted on April 17 that year, which “provides for the exploration and exploitation of mineral resources in indigenous lands”. Approved in Senate terminativo character (no need to vote in plenary), the matter pending deliberation in the House, where he managed as PL1610/1996 and rests at the registry file from home, since January 8, 2007, waiting for rescue of the text by MEPs.
Check out the text waiting for the assessment of members http://imagem.camara.gov.br/Imagem/d/pdf/DCD03ABR1996.pdf#page=23
The information on the interest of Normand in regulating mining activity in indigenous lands are in this week’s issue of Timemagazine, which called the contract as “eldorado of Normand”. “In Brasilia, everything is prepared for the creation of the eldorado of Normand. The rapporteur on the camera is the project Lee Normand Vincent, also member of PMDB of Roraima, and friend of the Senator. Sérgio Damasus, who heads the DNPM and may grant authorisations to Jucá, is sustained in Office by the PMDB. If the proposal is approved, it is likely that the Juca can immediately, without permits, because the bidding had asked before the new law pass to enforce “, records the weekly. Vincent Lee was appointed rapporteur in November last year.
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Why Romero Jucá defends gold mining in indigenous areas On the afternoon of May 17, a work Thursday in Congress, Senator Romero Jucá of the PMDB of Roraima, climbed to the Tribune for, as usual, defend the most expensive interests of the country. This time, I would urge lawmakers to legalize the mining on indigenous lands, provided for in a bill sponsored by it. Jucá if straightened in tribuna, strutting in front of the microphone, and stood to speak: “I wish to register the importance of this debate. For Brazil, it is very important (the approval of law) “. Now, then, to explain the benefits of the proposal: “there will be paying royalties to the Government and the indigenous population. Earn the right to mining that to pay more to the indigenous community. There will be a bid. There will be all the environmental care, care Funai anthropological “. Juca-perhaps convinced that comovera colleagues for having, for the first time in his career, employed in the same speech the terms “bid”, “environmental care” and “anthropological” – care closed with a call for the project to be approved soon, even this year. Why Jucá hurry?
On 2 April – therefore, one month before the speech of Jucá – Boa Vista, the company had asked permission from the Government to Mining exploit gold nine lands that contain indigenous areas. The request was made to the National Department of Mineral production, the DNPM, bureaucratic instance that takes care of the matter. To whom belongs to Boa Vista mining, a company with capital of $ 2 million? The majority partner called Marina Jucá, 29 years, daughter of Senator Romero Jucá. Two other members of it in business are also linked to the Senator. The business acumen of Marina Jucá is recent. Not long ago, was employed in the Office of father and College in Washington.
The clan Jucá wants to exploit gold in the reserves of the macuxi Indians and uapixana, on land that add up to 90,400 acres (something like the extension of the city of Rio de Janeiro). The mine is near the border with Venezuela, in Roraima. In Brasilia, everything is prepared for the creation of the eldorado of Normand. The rapporteur on the camera is the project Lee Normand Vincent, also member of PMDB of Roraima, and friend of the Senator. Sérgio Damasus, who heads the DNPM and may grant authorisations to Jucá, is sustained in Office by the PMDB. If the proposal is approved, it is likely that the Juca can immediately, without permits, because the bidding had asked before the new law pass to enforce.
Searched for time, Normand was limited to say, via email, that has nothing to do with her daughter’s company. He also said that the defense that makes the National Congress approved the Bill does not represent a conflict of interest with the business activity of Marina Jucá. “It is of interest to the country that this matter be regulated.”